The goal of this program is to provide nurses
and other healthcare professionals with information about liver
diseases. The program reviews functions of the normal liver and
outlines the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and
prevention of liver diseases.
Upon completion of this course, you should be
- Describe the normal anatomy of the liver.
- Recognize the normal physiologic functions
of the liver, including its role in bile formation and
secretion, metabolism, vitamin storage, coagulation, and
- Discuss the pathophysiology, and diagnosis
of specific pathologic conditions that affect the liver,
including cirrhosis, hepatitis, carcinoma, Wilson's
disease, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, and intrahepatic
- Recognize complications of liver
decompensation, including, portal hypertension,
esophageal varices, hepatic encephalopathy, and ascites.
- State measures to prevent food-borne and