Symptom-Triggered Brief Alcohol Withdrawal Scale Inpatient AWS Protocol

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is unpredictable so managing AWS with scheduled meds invariably leads to under or over-treatment.  CIWA-Ar is the best known severity scale but is lengthy and sometimes challenging to use so many alternatives have been developed. It probably doesn’t matter which scale is used–the benefit of symptom-based treatment over scheduled treatment arises not from the scoring tool but from the frequent reassessments.


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