Managing ascites in patients with chronic liver disease
Intended for healthcare professionals
CPD Previous     Next

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.e8004

Correspondence

danielle.fullwood@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 21 June 2013

Accepted: 29 October 2013

Want to read more?

Already subscribed? Log in

OR

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first 3 months

Your subscription package includes:
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals and their archives
  • Customisable dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
Subscribe
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or