Quality of life after liver transplantation

  • Anita Smajlović University Children’s Hospital, Bohoričeva 20, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: liver, transplantation, child, nurse

Abstract

The liver is the largest gland and, apart from the skin, also the biggest organ in the body. They are a central laboratory for processing proteins, carbohidrates and fat, and they also detoxify our body.

Liver failure is a result of cronic or acute liver disease or hepatic impairment. Many diseases of the liver are accompained by icterus as a result of increased level of bilirubin in the system. Today we can live without other organs important for metabolism, such as eg. the kidney or pancreas, because their function can be replaced. But we cannot live without the liver because their functions are too varied and complex. Therefore, when we have incurable disease of the liver we need liver transplantation.

Life with a child who needs liver transplantation is very hard for all family members. Especially at the begining of treatment, life for all family members, and in particular for the parents, is very stressfull.

Nurses must have sufficinet knowledge, she should be able to talk to parents in plain language with a high degree of optimism. We make them feel that they are not alone and we encourage them. Nurses must believe in successful treatment, so that they can inspire courage in parents.

Quality of life is not in perfection, but rather in the way how we manage to live with imperfection. A person who is in any way affected, can perceive his quality of life as very good. Here, his personal attitude and attitude to his surrondings is most important. This is a higher quality than that obtainable by knowledge alone and which can be measured or evaluated.

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Published
2013-10-18
How to Cite
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Smajlović A. Quality of life after liver transplantation. ZdravVestn [Internet]. 18Oct.2013 [cited 15Nov.2019];82. Available from: https://vestnik.szd.si/index.php/ZdravVest/article/view/711
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Review