The nurse should evaluate results of which of the following to plan for safe care?
1. Prothrombin time
3. Serum lipase
4. Serum troponin
1 Many clotting factors are produced in the liver, including fibronigen (factor I), prothrombin (factor II), factor V, serum prothrombin conversion accelerator (factor VII), factor IX, and factor X. The client's ability to form these factors may be impaired with cirrhosis, putting the client at risk for bleeding. The prothrombin time will evaluate blood clotting ability, the others will not.
Core issue: The critical word in the questions is "safe". With this in mind, the correct answer is one that could lead to detect a complication of cirrhosis.