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.e1648Correspondence
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