Liver disease
£9.95 GBP, 2 hours

Impaired liver function affects every aspect of the body’s physiology. Diseases of the liver have more widespread and life-threatening impacts than malfunctioning of any of the body’s other accessory organs. 

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease rates are soaring, concurrent with the obesity epidemic and increasing rates of type 2 diabetes. Alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis also contribute to high rates of liver damage in the population, making liver disease one of the commonest causes of premature death. Liver transplants, hepatocellular carcinomas, and deaths from liver disease are increasingly due to preventable or treatable liver conditions. 

Understanding of normal liver function allows nurses to predict the impact of liver disease on their patients' health and well-being. Knowledge of underlying causes of impaired liver function enhances our ability to support and counsel those who are at risk of, or have been diagnosed with liver disease.

After completing this activity and quiz, you should be able to:

  • Describe the normal function of the liver and relevant structural features.
  • Outline consequences of impaired liver function.
  • Discuss the relevance and meaning of common liver function tests.
  • Describe risk factors and outcomes associated with common forms of liver disease.
Image: James Heilman, MD via Wikimedia Commons
The PDF article that accompanies this online learning activity was first published in the December 2016 issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing new Zealand.


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