Chronic alcohol users attending A&E
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Chronic alcohol users attending A&E

Robert Taylor Emergency Psychiatric Nurse, A&E Department, St. Thomas' Hospital, London
lain Ryrie Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, King's College, University of London and Lambeth Healthcare (NHS) Trust

Robert Taylor and Iain Ryrie consider the problems associated with acute and chronic alcohol use and identify effective nursing interventions for A&E staff

The Department of Health (1), in its Health of the Nation document, has set targets for the reduction of alcohol consumption and accidents related to alcohol intake. 'This has implications for A&E staff since research shows a significant association between high blood-alcohol concentrations and attendance at A&E departments (2), and for clinical management, which is often confounded by the potentially disruptive and violent behaviour associated with intoxication (3).

Emergency Nurse. 4, 3, 6-8. doi: 10.7748/en.4.3.6.s2

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