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“Alcohol Screening in the Acute Care Hospital”.
J Addiction Nursing. 2004 Winter;15(4):171-5.
Many people admitted to the acute care hospital routinely use
alcohol. Their patterns of drinking may vary widely from being
low risk to hazardous. It is known that alcohol plays a part in
the etiology of some illnesses and adds risk of further morbidity
with the development of withdrawal symptoms. Conducting alcohol
screening on patients admitted to the hospital cues the nurse to
identify those patients in jeopardy of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
Nurses can be proactive in planning interventions for their patients.
Early recognition and a timely response can facilitate healing and
form an environment that is caring, protective and respectful of the
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