ORIGINAL ARTICLEFollow-up of Patients Receiving Home Parenteral Nutrition With a Competent Home Infusion Nurse Decreases the Prevalence of Catheter Infections A Pilot StudyEşme, Mert MD; Balcı, Cafer MD; Öz, Gökşen MD; Tamer, Fatma; Doğancı, Nilgün; Akçay, Kezban; Ataç, Şermin; Kelleci, Burcu; Akıncı, Seda Banu MD; Topeli, Arzu MD; Abbasoğlu, Osman MD; Halil, Meltem MD Author Information Geriatric Clinic, Mersin City Training and Research Hospital, Mersin, Turkey (Dr Eşme); Geriatric Clinic, Eskişehir City Hospital, Eskişehir, Turkey (Dr Balcı); Lösante Children and Adult Hospital, Ankara, Turkey (Dr Öz); Nutritional Support Team, Hacettepe University (Tamer, Doğancı, Akçay, Ataç, and Kelleci); and Division of Critical Care, Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation (Dr Akıncı), Divisions of Intensive Care Medicine (Dr Topeli) and Geriatrics (Dr Halil), Department of Internal Medicine, and Department of General Surgery (Dr Abbasoğlu), Hacettepe Universit Medicine Faculty, Ankara, Turkey. Correspondence: Mert Eşme, MD, Geriatric Clinic, Mersin City Training and Research Hospital, Mersin 33240, Turkey ([email protected]). This study was funded by the National Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (KEPAN) for transportation and other expenses due to home visits of the competent home nurse. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 38(1):p 28-35, January/March 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000306 Buy Metrics Abstract High rates of infection are reported in patients receiving home parenteral nutrition (HPN). The aims of this study were to investigate the effect of the support of a competent home infusion nurse on catheter-related infection rates among patients receiving HPN as well as to investigate the effect of HPN on quality of life (QOL). Seventeen HPN patients older than 18 years were visited twice weekly by a competent home infusion nurse, and QOL tests were performed over a 2-year period. The patients were evaluated regularly for signs of catheter-related infections and other complications. The catheter infection rate was found to be 1.23 per 1000 catheter-days, and QOL scores remained stable. Involvement of an experienced nurse may help implement HPN with low catheter-related infection rates. © 2023 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.