Symptom-Triggered Approach to Alcohol Withdrawal with Utilization of Phenobarbital

Author(s): Boettcher Kristen L

Contact Hours 0.82

CERP A 0.82

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Quality Improvement

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The treatment of alcohol withdrawal in the critical care setting is challenging and the Clinical Institute Withdrawal for Alcohol (CIWA) protocol is difficult to utilize with patients in extreme withdrawal. A new tool called the Alcohol Withdrawal Clinical Assessment (AWCA) is discussed along with step-by-step implementation, the creation of a decision tree, bedside resources and how to change from CIWA to AWCA for better patient outcomes. Attendees leave knowing how to utilize these tools and implement change in their own units.


  • Review literature on and scales used to treat alcohol withdrawal.
  • Identify key differences between the CIWA protocol and the AWCA.
  • Define challenges with implementing a new tool to treat alcohol withdrawal.

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