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Acute management of alcohol and other drug problems

Acute management of alcohol and other drug problems
Acute management of alcohol and other drug problems
Intoxication and withdrawal syndromes are common presentations in acute medicine. A comprehensive history, including a collateral one, and thorough examination looking for patterns of signs and symptoms, backed by appropriate investigations, forms the basis of good management. A collaborative, empathic and non-judgemental approach that recognizes the patient’s distress, explains the goals of management and sets clear boundaries significantly reduces potential complications and improves outcomes. An understanding of the pharmacology and clinical effects of alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids and stimulants is essential to accurately diagnose and manage patients who may not be able to give an accurate history.
1357-3039
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Brandish, Emma
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Owen, Christopher
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Sinclair, Julia
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Brandish, Emma
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Owen, Christopher
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Sinclair, Julia
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Brandish, Emma, Owen, Christopher and Sinclair, Julia (2017) Acute management of alcohol and other drug problems. Medicine, 1-6. (doi:10.1016/j.mpmed.2016.11.009).

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Intoxication and withdrawal syndromes are common presentations in acute medicine. A comprehensive history, including a collateral one, and thorough examination looking for patterns of signs and symptoms, backed by appropriate investigations, forms the basis of good management. A collaborative, empathic and non-judgemental approach that recognizes the patient’s distress, explains the goals of management and sets clear boundaries significantly reduces potential complications and improves outcomes. An understanding of the pharmacology and clinical effects of alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids and stimulants is essential to accurately diagnose and manage patients who may not be able to give an accurate history.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 November 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 January 2017
Organisations: Clinical & Experimental Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 404929
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/404929
ISSN: 1357-3039
PURE UUID: e39afea7-a9e1-4f37-9335-765f4140756f
ORCID for Julia Sinclair: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1905-2025

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Date deposited: 25 Jan 2017 09:52
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 05:27

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Author: Emma Brandish
Author: Christopher Owen
Author: Julia Sinclair ORCID iD

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