Managing Patients in Alcohol Withdrawal
The goal of this self-learning module is to enable clinicians with prescriptive authority and other caregivers to manage alcohol-dependent patients through safe withdrawal.
This educational module is intended for physicians, nurses, PAs and ARNPs who practice in adult Acute Care and ICU at Swedish.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Discuss prevalence of alcohol dependence encountered in hospitalized patients in the U.S.
- Describe the progression of alcohol withdrawal
- Define when to use the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA) or Modified Ramsay Scale to assess alcohol withdrawal
- Review assessment and treatment considerations for patients on high-dose continuous infusions of lorezepam
- Apply principles of effective communication with persons with alcohol dependence
- Outline ICU treatment options for patients in withdrawal who are not responsive to standard treatment
Planning Committee and Content Developers
James Walsh, M.D., Course Chair
Carol Lund, BSN, R.N., Clinical Education and Practice
Jessica Martinson, MS, CME Manager
The planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
No commercial support was used in the development of this CME learning activity.
Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This is a self-learning module requiring the participant to read educational materials and answer questions related to the content.
Estimated Time to Complete
Allow 30 minutes to complete the self-learning module and exam.
Release Date: November 1, 2011
End Date: October 31, 2014
Content: Clinical Education: 206-320-2338
Administrative: Swedish CME: 206-386-2755 or email
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