Non-Intensive Care Unit Management of Acute Liver Failure.
Clin Liver Dis. 2018 May;22(2):389-401
Authors: Carrion AF, Martin P
Acute liver failure (ALF) is an uncommon syndrome with a highly variable and unpredictable clinical course. The initial diagnostic evaluation is typically performed in a non-intensive care unit (ICU) setting, like the emergency department or general hospital ward. Prompt restoration of intravascular volume with intravenous fluids and correction of electrolyte, metabolic, and acid-base disturbances are important initial interventions in the management of ALF and can be safely accomplished in non-ICU settings in many patients. Similarly, therapies such as administration of N-acetylcysteine for acetaminophen-induced ALF and other cause-specific interventions can also be administered in non-ICU settings, thus minimizing delay.
PMID: 29605073 [PubMed - in process]