2041-17: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Practice

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2041-17:  Delirium Tremens - A Rapid Response; Alcohol Use Disorder, Depression, Suicidality, and Head Injury in a Professional in Crisis:  A Case Study of Clinical Reasoning

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

Delirium Tremens - A Rapid Response
After transferring 45 patients in Delirium Tremens (DTs) to the ICU in 6 months, an urgent change in practice was necessary. Pardee Hospital promptly took action, implementing the role of a nurse educator, conducted house-wide training on addiction/symptom recognition, and implemented the CIWA-AR. Within 12 months, transfers were reduced by 87%.  
Presenter:  Erin L. Fitzpatrick MSN, RN-BC

Alcohol Use Disorder, Depression, Suicidality, and Head Injury in a Professional in Crisis:  A Case Study of Clinical Reasoning
Professionals in crisis represent an under-reported population.  Psychiatric nurses are challenged to address care related to patients with multiple conditions and socio-economic levels.  The current practice of clinical reasoning, application of novel approaches, and the practice of prevention and management of suicide in patients with substance abuse disorders is discussed.  
Presenter:  Jennifer M. Jackson MSN, RN, NE-BC

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  43 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the important early symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in attempting to prevent the onset of delirium tremens.
  2. Describe methods of sustainability in reducing the number of patients in alcohol withdrawal who are transferred to a higher level of care.
  3. Identify three specific challenges in the care of professionals in the inpatient setting.
  4. Discuss the relationship of alcohol use disorder to depression and suicidality.


Keywords:  Alcohol Use, Suicidality, Practice, Alcohol Withdrawal, Delirium Tremens, CIWA

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:00pm - 3:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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