Managing ascites in patients with chronic liver disease
Danielle Fullwood Lecturer practitioner for hepatology, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
Anan Purushothaman Practice development nurse, Liver Intensive Care Unit, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
This article discusses the pathophysiology of ascites, a complication associated with chronic liver disease. The diagnosis and grading of ascites and assessment of patients with the condition are explored. In addition, the nursing and medical management of ascites is discussed, and recommendations for interdisciplinary working and education are suggested. Nursing knowledge of this complication is essential to ensure that patients with ascites are cared for effectively and that their comfort is maximised.
Nursing Standard. 28, 23,51-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.02.28.23.51.e8004Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 21 June 2013
Accepted: 29 October 2013