Vsim for Andrew Davis - CONCEPT MAP WORKSHEET DESCRIBE DISEASE PROCESS AFFECTING PATIENT(INCLUDE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DISEASE PROCESS Alcohol

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CONCEPT MAP WORKSHEET DESCRIBE DISEASE PROCESS AFFECTING PATIENT (INCLUDE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DISEASE PROCESS) Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is a condition that occurs when a heavy drinker suddenly stops or significantly reduces alcohol intake. Patients with AWS normally experience a combination of emotional and physical symptoms ranging from nausea and fatigue to mild anxiety. Other symptoms of AWS include hallucination, increased heart rate, irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, extreme agitation, seizures, extreme confusion and fever. These signs and symptoms appear anywhere between 6 hours and a few days after the last alcohol intake. The symptoms may worsen two to three days and some milder symptoms may persist for weeks. AWS is caused by excessive drinking which irritates and excites the nervous system making the body dependent on alcohol over time. Therefore when someone stops or reduces alcohol intake, the central nervous system fails to adapt easily to new changes. AWS is common in adults but also can be experienced in teenagers and children under excessive use of alcohol. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS (REASON FOR TEST ANDRESULTS) PATIENT INFORMATION ANTICIPATED PHYSICAL FINDINGS Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol (CIWA- Ar) to measure the amount of alcohol in the patient’s blood. Mr. Andrew Davis is 56 years old brought in the rehabilitation center and diagnosed with AWS. He was admitted after showing symptoms of agitation and anger to students and family members in a school board meeting.

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