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Alcohol Withdrawal Prevention: A Randomized Evaluation of Lorazepam and Ethanol—A Pilot Study

Author(s): Joyce E. Fullwood, RN, BSN, Zhila Mostaghimi, RN, BSN, Christopher B. Granger, MD, Jeffrey B. Washam, PharmD, Wanda Bride, RN, Yanfang Zhao, MS,and Bradi B. Granger, RN, PhD

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Sep 01, 2017

Topics: MedicationManagementResearch

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome, characterized by confusion, agitation, and hallucinations, decreases the safety of patients with acute myocardial infarction. Unexpected hospitalization and sudden cessation of alcohol consumption may increase in-hospital complications and length of stay and even precipitate death.


  • Discuss the effects of abrupt cessation of alcohol.
  • Evaluate strategies this study used to help prevent complications associated with cessation of alcohol.
  • Compare previous research with current research on the cessation of alcohol.

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