Screening for Alcohol Use Disorder and Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in Critical Care Patients

Author(s): Lindsay Mezzadri, DNP, APRN, A-GNP-C

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Feb 01, 2027

Topics: MultiSystem

Population: Adult, Geriatric

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Evidence-based research indicates that subjective questionnaires should be eliminated in screening for alcohol use disorder and management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome in critical care patients. The project site was a 17-bed adult medical intensive care unit in a large, southeastern US teaching hospital. Interventions consisted of the elimination of previously used tools and implementation of the Prediction of Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale for alcohol use disorder screening and the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale and symptom-triggered benzodiazepine administration for alcohol withdrawal syndrome management.


  • Identify the barriers to assessing alcohol use and withdrawal in the critical care patient
  • Analyze the factors that compromise the level of risk for alcohol withdrawal as noted in the ICU alcohol withdrawal protocol
  • Interpret the posed risk of not adequately screening or managing alcohol use and/or withdrawal

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