Problem based review: alcohol-use disorders on the Acute Medical Unit.
Acute Med. 2012;11(2):101-6
Authors: Reynolds T, Cooke F, Murch N
Alcohol-use disorders including acute intoxication and withdrawal are common in the acute medical setting. Acute physicians should be aware of the indications for inpatient detoxification, and be able to liase with specialist alcohol services in the hospital and in the community to determine those patients for whom community-based detoxification may be beneficial. Additionally, it is important to recognise the benefit of Brief Interventions for higher-risk drinkers who are not yet dependent. For patients with confusion and a possible history of high alcohol intake and malnutrition, acute physicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for Wernicke's Encephalopathy and treat appropriately with parenteral thiamine.
PMID: 22685700 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]