Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from BMC Pediatrics and BioMed Central.

Open Access Highly Accessed Correspondence

Standardised neonatal parenteral nutrition formulations – an Australasian group consensus 2012

Srinivas Bolisetty14*, David Osborn25, John Sinn35, Kei Lui14 and the Australasian Neonatal Parenteral Nutrition Consensus Group

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Newborn Services, Royal Hospital for Women, Barker Street, Locked Bag 2000, Randwick, 2031 Sydney NSW, Australia

2 RPA Newborn Care, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia

3 Department of Neonatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

4 School of Women’s and Children’s Heath, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

5 Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

For all author emails, please log on.

BMC Pediatrics 2014, 14:48  doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-48

Published: 18 February 2014


Standardised parenteral nutrition formulations are routinely used in the neonatal intensive care units in Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, a multidisciplinary group was formed to achieve a consensus on the formulations acceptable to majority of the neonatal intensive care units. Literature review was undertaken for each nutrient and recommendations were developed in a series of meetings held between November 2010 and April 2011. Three standard and 2 optional amino acid/dextrose formulations and one lipid emulsion were agreed by majority participants in the consensus. This has a potential to standardise neonatal parenteral nutrition guidelines, reduce costs and prescription errors.

Parenteral nutrition; Preterm; Neonates; Standardisation