A 48-year-old man with alcohol-related liver cirrhosis is seen on the liver ward. The resident has heard he was initially admitted a week back to another hospital for a variceal bleed but is now stable, although he has new ascites and his last INR is 2.0, and a platelet count 52 x109/L. The resident is concerned that he should optimise these parameters.

Which of the following are correct statements: