TITLE

ARE THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS' GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF PABRINEX IN CONFUSED ALCOHOLICS FOLLOWED IN CLINICAL PRACTICE?

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA88
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Chronic, heavy alcoholic users are at risk of Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE), but clinical features are difficult or impossible to differentiate from drunkenness. RCP guidelines for the prevention of WE were not followed in a substantial proportion of patients. Pabrinex was not given at all in over a third of cases where it was indicated. If prescribed, it was an incorrect regimen in the majority. Pabrinex was given late in half of the patients. Local Pabrinex guidelines should be created for all acute admissions of alcohol abusers. These should be regularly audited.
ACCESSION #
13219159

 

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