November 2007, Volume 37 Number 11 , p 22 - 23
Schoch, Lisa RN, BSN; Whiteman, Kim RN, MSN
Lisa Schoch is a primary nurse care coordinator in the abdominal transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Medical Center. Kim Whiteman is a nurse-educator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and coordinator of Eye on Diagnostics .
LIVER FUNCTION TESTS are serum assays done to evaluate the general health or detect problems with a patient's liver or biliary system. These are the most commonly performed tests:
* bilirubin (total and direct) * liver enzymes (aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alanine aminotransferase [ALT], alkaline phosphatase [ALP], and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase [GGT]) * prothrombin time (PT), to evaluate the liver's ability to synthesize blood clotting factors II, V, VII, IX, and X * serum albumin level, to evaluate the liver's ability to synthesize this plasma protein.
Who gets tested? Liver function tests are used to monitor liver function in someone ...