Implementing an Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol: A Quality Improvement Project

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Abstract

This quality improvement project evaluates the effectiveness of implementing an evidence-based alcohol withdrawal protocol in an acute care setting. Patient outcomes, length of stay, and nurses' knowledge and satisfaction with care are compared pre- and postimplementation. Implementation resulted in significant reduction of restraint use, transfers to critical care, 1:1 observation, and length of stay, whereas no reduction was seen in rapid response calls. Nurses' knowledge post–alcohol withdrawal protocol education increased and satisfaction with patient care improved.

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