GuidelinesforCaringforPopulationsMilestone3_Anders - Copy.pptx

GuidelinesforCaringforPopulationsMilestone3_Anders - Copy.pptx

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Caring for Populations: Alcoholism Jessica Anders Chamberlain College of Nursing
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Alcoholism Due to the increase in poverty and lack of employment many people turn to drinking as a coping mechanism. As a nurse in the community free clinic many patients are seen with elevated liver enzymes and liver damage due to excessive drinking. There are often self-reports of excessive alcohol use.
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Problem: Alcoholism Census Bureau: 7.8 alcohol induced deaths 49% self-reported use of alcohol 17.9% self reported binge drinking State Audits (2014: 1,149 arrests made in due to alcohol 155 injuries/220 personal injuries 6 fatal injuries (U.S. Census, 2015)
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Proposed Intervention Implement the use of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) on all patients from age 15 and older. SBI would be initiated upon triage/check-in. Screenings would be completed as needed but at least on an annual basis, preferably every 6 months. Screening: Identifies individuals with unrecognized health risk factors or asymptomatic disease conditions. Outreach: Locates populations of interest or populations at risk and provides information about the nature of the concern, what can be done about it, and how services can be obtained.
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