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Hey, just curious if anyone has had any experience camping while on TPN. My daughter has had some serious medical issues since she was born in July, she is doing fine now but will be on TPN for the next few months. We were hoping she'd be off of it by the summer but that doesn't seem likely. So, we still want to go camping with her but I'm just curious if anyone has any experience dealing with TPN while camping. I don't imagine it being much different than it is at home. Thanks!


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I would guess that you're using a pump for the TPN. As long as you have a reliable power source for the pump (or for recharging its built-in battery), you're right - it shouldn't be any different than at home. A little extra care for the PIC line insertion site would be in order since you'll be "out in the wild," perhaps. When we were volunteer camp hosts at a National Forest campground, I was approached by a dad who's school-age daughter had a neurological disorder wherein she lacked the normal respiratory drive. She was OK while awake, but was dependent on BiPAP at night. We advised an electric-only site (they were tent campers) and they did fine. Of course, in the event of a power failure without backup, they would have had to keep their daughter awake until the power came back on - but TPN is not nearly so critical for a few hours.

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What does a TPN pump draw? Adequate solar, inverter and batteries with a backup generator can solve almost anything.


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Thanks! We have two pumps that last about two days each so we shouldn't have an issue with power. We have a trailer and only use sites with electric and always have a pump charging so even if there is a power outage as long as it doesn't last 3 or 4 days we should be fine. She only needs TPN for 13 hours a day and will probably be down to about 7 or 8 by the summer so power shouldn't be too much of an issue. I was thinking we might need an extra fridge or something since the TPN will take up so much space in the trailer fridge and I'd don't really want that around all the other food and stuff. What a pain in the ass this is! Oh well!!

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