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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

President’s Message

I am so excited to begin this new decade with GASPEN! Last year, we hosted two programs, and together the programs provided 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. In January, we held an educational talk on Omegaven® and provided CE credit for the talk on Parenteral Nutrition Management of Patients with Intestinal Failure Associated Liver Disease (IFALD). In September, we hosted our third Annual Meeting at the WellStar Development Center with presentations on electronic health record integration with parenteral nutrition, drug administration in PN and EN

patients, long term complications of PN, enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), dietary supplements, insulin management in PN patients, lipid emulsions, nutritional management in gastric bypass patients, and disaster preparedness. Both meetings were well attended and well received. The annual meeting takes months of planning and would not be possible without our wonderful active GASPEN board members. A recap of the annual meeting is in our newsletter. The board has also reviewed the post-meeting survey questions and answers to help improve future meetings. While GASPEN has been very busy planning this year’s annual meeting (date TBD), there are also many upcoming ASPEN activities. The ASPEN 2020 Nutrition Science

and Practice Conference will be held from March 28-31 in Tampa, Florida. Registration is ongoing. If you’re a GASPEN member and plan on attending ASPEN 2020, let us know! Some of our board members will be attending and would love to network with you. If you don’t plan on attending, don’t worry! ASPEN continues to offer a robust selection of webinars. You can find more information on

We are also pleased to announce that GASPEN elections for Treasurer and President-Elect will be held this year. Additional information is in the newsletter and more details of the election process will be published in our abbreviated Spring Newsletter. We would also like to call on our residents, interns, and nutrition support practitioners! If you have submitted a poster for ASPEN or have an interesting, rare, or unique case report or study, you could win a scholarship for the next ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. Your poster or case report will also be showcased and presented at our upcoming annual conference. For more information, email us at We welcome any suggestions and comments from GASPEN members for CE programs, newsletter articles and any other ways that we can benefit our members. Would you like to share a research project or quality improvement initiative?

Consider sharing with other members by publishing in our newsletter. We also would like to welcome any GASPEN members who would like to become involved on our board.

Lastly, I’d like to say that I have had a wonderful few years with GASPEN as a Board Member, President-Elect, and President. It is bittersweet for me to say that this will be my last year as the GASPEN President, but I am extremely excited for our President-Elect, Vivian Zhao, to take over as President in September. Vivian is a nutrition support pharmacist with Emory Hospital and has been a GASPEN board member for over 5 years. I am very proud to have her serve as GASPEN’s next president. I will continue to stay on as Immediate-Past President after my term is over. I also wanted to thank all of the GASPEN members and especially the board members for making my term as President so fulfilling. Thank you! And I look forward to another wonderful year with GASPEN!

Khatija Jivani, PharmD, BCPS

GASPEN President


American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Guidelines: The Validity of Body Composition Assessment in Clinical Populations

Ashley DePriest, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Julie Paszkiewicz, MS, RD, LD

There are challenges of nutrition assessments of patients given the known variability in body

composition and limitations of assessing based on body weight alone. Unfortunately, current bedside nutrition assessment techniques are not able to detect lean mass abnormalities, especially in obese patients. Direct measurements of body composition are becoming increasingly important for evaluation of nutrition status. On behalf of ASPEN, a systematic review was conducted to evaluate the best available evidence on body composition methods- dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), ultrasound (US), and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for use in clinical populations. The target population for these guidelines are adults with a potentially inflammatory condition or pathological end point associated with a specific disease state such as cancer, CVD, diabetes, hepatic or renal disease. These guidelines are not intended for healthy individuals or those with obesity that is not linked to a clinical condition. A total of 7,375 studies were retrieved from Medline and 15 DXA, 7 US, and 23 BIA studies were used in analysis...

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