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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
EDUCATIONAL DIMENSION: Alcohol-Related Issues

Assessing Acute and Critically Ill Patients for Problem Drinking

Sommers, Marilyn Sawyer PhD, RN, FAAN; Wray, Janet PhD, RN; Savage, Christine PhD, RN; Dyehouse, Janice M. PhD, RN

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Abstract

More critically ill patients have acute drinking problems than chronic problems with alcohol dependence. A hospitalization offers an opportunity for nurses to perform a brief assessment and initiate a simple intervention to advise patients to reduce their drinking. A few minutes of advice may make a long-term difference in a patient’s health.

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