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Alcoholism: History, Facts, and Impacts on the Emergency Department
Course Code: NA1706

Author(s): Newsletter

Pre-approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, CNLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRC, CVE, CVRP, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs, RRP

Hours: 2

Alcoholism: History, Facts, and Impacts on the Emergency Department

One of the most commonly abused substances that healthcare professionals deal with on an ongoing basis is alcohol. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put annual visits to EDs due to alcohol at 136.3 million. Alcohol is commonly associated with violent crimes, auto accidents and a multitude of medical illnesses. This class will present information on alcohol’s historical prevalence, statistics, and effects on the body systems. We will also go into the unique scenarios faced in an Emergency Department environment as it relates to acute and chronic alcoholism.

Course Objectives:
  1. Describe alcohol’s history and its impact and prevalence in society

  2. Identify how alcohol affects the body’s systems.

  3. Discuss statistical information on how alcohol impacts patient care in the emergency department.

  4. Understand the importance of differentials in the intoxicated patient.

Course Overview:
  1. Section 1 – History

  2. Section 2 – Facts and Statistics

  3. Section 3 – Effect of Alcohol on the Body

  4. Section 4 – Clinical Differentials


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