Title: Abstract: #490 1-Hour Recovery Time in Subjects Undergoing Percutaneous Liver Biopsy: A Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Project – Amilcar L. Morales-Cardona, et al. By Lucinda Porter, RN
Liver biopsy is an important diagnostic tool used to evaluate the condition of the liver. There are no universal guidelines on recovery times following percutaneous biopsy. Using a consistent liver biopsy protocol and follow-up procedure, these researchers evaluated recovery times after 456 liver biopsies were performed.
Less than 8% of subjects reported a pain level above 5 on a 0-10 scale; 13% required post-procedure pain medications. There were three serious complications: two cases of hemorrhage and one pneumothorax. There were no deaths. All complications were detected during the 1-hour recovery time. Nearly 80% of subjects were discharged in less than 90 minutes post-procedure, and 50% of subjects were discharged 1-hour post intervention. Overall complication rate after 24 hours was less than 1%. There were no mortalities.
Conclusion: Following a liver biopsy, a 1-hour recovery time appears to be adequate to identify major complications and shorten post procedure stay.
Editorial Comments: I’ve had 5 liver biopsies, all requiring a 6-hour stay following the very brief procedure. One-hour biopsies seems like a vast improvement.Share This Page