Advanced nurse practitioner-led abdominal therapeutic paracentesis
Evidence & Practice    

Advanced nurse practitioner-led abdominal therapeutic paracentesis

Liver disease is a common cause of death in England and Wales, and ascites is associated with a 50% mortality rate. Most patients who present with ascites have underlying liver cirrhosis, and often require therapeutic paracentesis for symptomatic relief. This article describes a competency framework that was developed to enable advanced nurse practitioners to perform therapeutic paracentesis in an ambulatory care unit.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1648

Correspondence

naplin@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 21 September 2016

Accepted: 30 November 2016

Published online: 14 February 2017