Inventory Management for Enternal Nutrition

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Storage Conditions

Unopened cans of tube feeding can be stored at room temperature in a clean and dry area. Opened cans should be covered and placed in the refrigerator. If not used within 24 hours, they should be thrown away. All other supplies should be kept in a clean dry area. Powdered protein cans should be stored at room temperature. After they are mixed in water, they should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours.

Please keep all of your infusion related supplies away from children and pets.

A Patient Care Representative will help you manage your supplies and coordinate your deliveries. This person will ask you to count your supplies on a regular basis. Your Patient Care Representative will periodically call to find out your supply count and to tell you when the next delivery of supplies will be made. If you have only one or two days of supplies remaining, please call your Patient Care Representative.

Frequency of Delivery

All supplies will be delivered on a monthly basis unless otherwise requested.

You will need the following supplies:

  • liquid formula
  • a pump (if you need one)
  • bags
  • flush supplies
  • dressings (gauze pads)
  • an IV pole (if you need one)


The pump and IV pole (if you have one) will be picked up by Penn HomeIT. All other supplies are given under a doctor's prescription and cannot legally be returned.