Prediction of Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale in the emergency department
Review TypeFaculty Approved: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-07-21T23:16:43Z
Author DetailsJacqueline Ellison, DNP(c), BSN, RN
TypeDNP Capstone Project
Level of EvidenceQuality Improvement
KeywordsAlcohol Withdrawal; Alcohol Withdrawal Prediction; Emergency Department; Emergency Room; Prediction of Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale; PAWSS
Background and Review of Literature: Alcohol dependence is a problem nationwide and is often underreported by patients in a healthcare setting. People who suffer from alcohol dependence are likely to experience alcohol withdrawal if they suddenly cease alcohol consumption. The Prediction of Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale (PAWSS) is a tool which can identify a patient at risk for alcohol withdrawal. Purpose: The purpose of the project was to screen patients being admitted from the emergency department utilizing PAWSS to identify those at risk for alcohol withdrawal.
Methods: The scores would then be examined within a retrospective chart review on patients screened to determine validity and reliability of the tool.
Implementation Plan/Procedure: The project was not implemented due to safety concerns during a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Had implementation occurred, this quality improvement project could have potentially contributed to a decreased the incidence of acute alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients.
Implications/Conclusion: Protection of healthcare workers and patients was priority over a research project during the current time period. The project could be replicated for future use at a more appropriate time.
Degree GrantorNebraska Methodist College
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