Assessing alcohol-related attendance at emergency departments
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Assessing alcohol-related attendance at emergency departments

Joanne McPeake Senior staff nurse, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, intensive care unit, University of Glasgow
Anna O’Neill Deputy head, School of nursing and health care, University of Glasgow
John Kinsella Professor and head of section of anaesthesia, pain and critical care, School of medicine, University of Glasgow

Joanne McPeake and colleagues explain how staff using a screening test at triage can identify whether any of their patients are hazardous or harmful drinkers

Widespread alcohol misuse has implications for the physical, mental and social health of the population, and alcohol-related morbidity and mortality are problems throughout the UK. One way healthcare practitioners are attempting to reduce alcohol-related harm is to identify patients who misuse alcohol when they attend, or are admitted to, acute care settings. This article gives an overview of the various screening tools that can be used to identify such patients.

Emergency Nurse. 20, 9, 26-30. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 October 2012

Accepted: 28 November 2012