Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Overlooked and Mismanaged?

McKinley, Mary G.
June 2005
Critical Care Nurse;Jun2005, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p40
Academic Journal
Because alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency are widespread, many critical care patients may have AWS. AWS has marked consequences that affect the care of these patients, and critical care nurses must actively assess and intervene to prevent or at least minimize the complications of AWS. By increasing awareness, using reliable assessment tools, and knowing guidelines for the management of these patients, nurses can reduce the consequences of overlooking AWS and mismanaging patients who have the syndrome. INSET: Definition of Terms.


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