Critical care management of the patient with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplant in the intensive care unit.

@article{Olson2017CriticalCM,
  title={Critical care management of the patient with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplant in the intensive care unit.},
  author={Jody C. Olson and Constantine J Karvellas},
  journal={Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society},
  year={2017},
  volume={23 11},
  pages={
          1465-1476
        }
}
Patients with cirrhosis who are awaiting liver transplantation (LT) are at high risk for developing critical illnesses. Current liver allocation policies that dictate a "sickest first" approach coupled with a mismatch between need and availability of organs result in longer wait times, and thus, patients are becoming increasingly ill while awaiting organ transplantation. Even patients with well-compensated cirrhosis may suffer acute deterioration; the syndrome of acute-on-chronic liver failure… CONTINUE READING