Lab orders are fairly standardized for total parenteral nutrition patients.
Suppose, however, that you have a fairly typical prolonged post-op jejunal (or at least post-pyloric) feeding patient with significant protein calorie malnutrition (albumin 1.8-2.2 for example) probably with gastroparesis. How would you follow them with lab in general?
Would you use a different lab strategy if you tube feedings contained standard amounts of sugar or low amounts (diabetic formulas) or if your tube feedings were double strength (2 cal per cc) or if your patient had diarrhea or high nasogastric tube output?
Obviously, the most correct answer is individualize lab, but I really want to know if anyone has protocols that they order at their hospital, such as a "Tube feeding lab protocol".