Mystar...This is what I have learned:
The MODEL FOR END-STAGE LIVER DISEASE (MELD) is implemented in order to prioritize patients awaiting a liver transplant. It ranges from 6 (less ill) to 40 (gravely ill.) This scoring system determines the urgency of a transplant.
Lab values used in the MELD calculations:
1. Bilirubin measures how well the liver excretes bile
2. INR : measures the blood clotting ability of the liver
3. Cratinine: measusres kidney function. Why Creatinine? Often times kidney function is associated with severe liver disease.
The four MELD levels are:
THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER