Alcohol Withdrawal: Development of a Standing Order Set

This resource titled "Alcohol Withdrawal: Development of a Standing Order Set" may be of assistance in some situations.This training is not meant to fully teach how to assess or treat severe alcohol withdrawal in detail. However, individual practitioners might find themselves in a situation where they have no choice but to support safer withdrawal. The article explores the impact of using a standardized order set for alcohol withdrawal management in an acute care setting. It reviews the background to alcohol withdrawal management and provides an example of the standard order set that can be used in acute care (Figure 1). It is based on the CIWA protocol, which is also used in community settings for primary care management of alcohol withdrawal. Read the article from the beginning until the section titled 'Procedure.' It may be easier to review Figure 1 by downloading the PDF version of the article. 

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