Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
The goal of this paper is to summarize and synthesize five research articles that are relevant to my PICOT question. My PICOT question is: In patients that are withdrawing from alcohol, what is the effect of benzodiazepines, compared to other drugs in the treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS)? The synthesis will include inconsistencies and contradictions in the literature that was reviewed. Lastly, I will provide preliminary conclusions on whether the literature that was presented has enough evidence to support a change in daily practice.
In my practice as a correctional nurse, we start assessing inmates that are at risk for alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) by using the Clinical…
Alcohol is a part of New Zealand culture and is considered as an inevitable factor for celebrations and for relieving stress (“Alcohol misuse”, 2016). Long-term high rate of alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol misuse and make people dependent on alcohol. It has now become a very common thing to see an alcoholic patient presenting to the hospital frequently to treat the withdrawal symptoms.
Most of the patients admitted with Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) have multiple…
1. What are the possible links between Mr. Can’s nutrition and his diagnosis?
Mr. Can’s medical report indicates that he has poor nutrition which is revealed by his high body mass index of 26.7. Obesity increases the likelihood of being diagnose with Hepatocellular Cancer (HCC). Mr. Can had a past 20 year history of alcohol abuse, which may have contributed to his diagnosis of cirrhosis. In turn cirrhosis and hepatitis C are common causes of HCC. Depression on the other hand can lead to over…
Many people consume alcohol for leisure purposes in a responsible manner, as this is reinforced through social get-togethers with their peers. However, for other individuals, alcohol is a devastating problem since addition leads to destruction of lives, not only for the alcoholic individual but for their loved ones. As part of the alcohol awareness initiative, an individual may forgo alcohol consumption for 72 hours and document their experiences, feelings, thoughts, as well as actions related…
I believe that no one should consume alcohol because of the way that they act after consuming it. There actions are just horrible and alcohol should never have been invented in the first place. It causes people to act crazy, get into accidents, and even die.
2.) A person may believe that recreational drugs are safe and that you can make a lot of money from selling it. They may think that recreational drugs are "cool" because it can get you "high". They do not think about the consequences and…
Christopher Coaster was an inmate who died in solitary confinement at the Thunder Bay Jail in 2008. Coaster had broken his bail agreement by drinking alcohol and was picked up by police. His breach of bail could be due to an interactionist theory called continuance commitment where a labelled deviant or criminal attempts to move past their deviant behaviours. Attempting to reduce the stigmatic reputation and pursue an alternative lifestyle is often too difficult so they revert back to a criminal…
The experiment was conducted at the Psychiatric University Hospital of Zurich which was a qualitative study aimed at patients for treatment strategies and withdrawal treatment. The sample of participants was obtained by purposeful sampling and saturation sampling. These methods of sampling ensured that everyone in the experiment was a viable candidate for testing. There were a total of 41 participants, 31 male and 10 female. Each told the doctors their duration of use of their benzodiazepine,…
to cash in on someone else 's misfortune, I had a serious opiate addiction for almost 15 years. I started taking vicodin on the weekend, then it progressed to everyday. After a year or so of taking those I got connected to someone who got a regular script of Oxycontin 40mg, that 's when things spiraled out of control. Before I Knew it I was using heroin. I finally overdosed and almost died, that 's when I got into a Suboxone program. What I was told would be a 9 month taper schedule wound up…
Psychological addiction deals with how drugs affect a person’s mind. Research has proven that “drug abuse changes the brains chemistry” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52). Addiction is also “considered a disease of the brain” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52). Psychological dependence is the “need to use a drug to relieve negative emotions” (Meyer, pg. 109). A person may “spend a great deal of time in activities necessary to obtain and use the drug” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52).…
Chills or fever
Problems with balance
Increased blood pressure
Convulsions or severe seizures
Bloating or excessive gas
Pain in various parts of the body (arms, legs, jaw, calves)
More severe health problems are more commonly associated with tramadol overdose. These problems include:
Sudden changes in consciousness
Anxiety and paranoia
Although relatively rare, complete loss of…