A patient in the hospital has had a TPN infusion running for six days. Which of the following describes a potential complication of using TPN for this patient? Select all that apply.

 

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- Infection

- Pneumothorax

- Volume overload

- Hyperglycemia

- Hypothyroidism

Rationale

TPN provides fluid, electrolytes, and nutrition to the patient at risk of being malnourished, but it can also cause complications. Because of its dextrose content, TPN places the patient at higher risk of infection in the bloodstream as well as hyperglycemia. The patient may also be at risk for volume overload. During placement, a pneumothorax may occur, but is unlikely after 6 days.

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