Background Alcohol withdrawal
can lead to severe complications including seizures, delirium tremens, and death if not treated appropriately. Nurses are critical to the safety and outcomes of these patients.
The objective of this retrospective study was to determine if nursing education
on a community hospital’s alcohol withdrawal protocol
led to improved nursing compliance
This is a quality improvement project
involving a two-part retrospective review—an initial needs assessment
followed by nursing education
and a subsequent posteducation retrospective review. The initial needs assessment
included 65 patients. The subsequent posteducation group included 50 patients.
Results Nursing compliance
of 1-hour assessments increased after the educational intervention; however, there was no statistically significant difference in 6-hour assessment or medication administration protocol compliance between preeducation and posteducation groups.
Conclusion Nursing education
is a good place to start in improving compliance with an alcohol withdrawal protocol
, but physicians need to be included to increase standardization within the institution. Future study should look at the effectiveness of different assessment frequency intervals and its impact on patient-centered outcomes.