6. The revised Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA-Ar) is commonly used to assess severity of withdrawal.4 Competent nurses can give it in less than five minutes. Monitor patients every few hours, with the frequency of evaluation varying by severity of withdrawal signs. For similar reasons, chlordiazepoxide is also used widely. 1. Early intervention for CIWA-Ar score of 8 or greater provides the best means to prevent the progression of withdrawal. Fixed-schedule dosing offers less flexibility for individual patients, but it is a simple approach that can be applied in many settings. 0000001210 00000 n Repeat sooner if symptoms worsen. As such, most clinicians are forced to confront its complications in some of their patients. <<0bad9d40949b98419f9fc6c200c7600f>]>> The best predictor of whether a patient will develop acute withdrawal while hospitalized is a past history of acute alcohol withdrawal. initial. If CIWA-Ar score < 10, repeat CIWA-Ar q shift. The most objective and best-validated tool to assess the severity of alcohol withdrawal is the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol, Revised (CIWA-Ar), [5] shown below. Weaver MF, Hoffman HJ, Johnson RE. Sweating and a rapid heart rate. Patients in withdrawal should be monitored closely and given appropriate doses of benzodiazepines or barbiturates to treat withdrawal signs. It can also be used to determine an appropriate pharmacotherapy dose for patients in withdrawal who also have other medical illnesses.6. For patients at high risk of severe withdrawal, treatment starts with a fixed oral dose of diazepam: 20 milligrams every four hours for the first 24 hours. Lorazepam, an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine that can be given orally or parenterally, has been used extensively for treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal, especially in hospitalized patients, because it has fewer active metabolites than other benzodiazepines. Use a validated assessment scale to quantify the severity of the withdrawal syndrome, and initiate treatment decisions such as the dose of medication. Treatment Protocol Assess MAWS score q 1hr MAWS score ≥ 1? It is inappropriate to use beverage alcohol to prevent or treat alcohol withdrawal. �����na����,�O� ` X�� THE CITAp BENZODIAZEPINE WITHDRAWAL PROTOCOL Stage One – Preparing to Reduce Withdrawing from benzodiazepines safely is a long and slow process and it is important to choose a suitable time and situation in which to begin this. (See Table 1, below.) Protocols. 404 0 obj<>stream For patients in the ICU who are in severe withdrawal and cannot respond to questions, the MINDS protocol should be used. If CIWA-Ar score is 10 or greater, give oxazepam 30mg po OR chlordiazepoxide 50mg po as ordered, and repeat CIWA-Ar in 1 hour (awaken if asleep). endstream endobj 403 0 obj<>>>/LastModified(D:20050126172000)/MarkInfo<>>> endobj 405 0 obj<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/ExtGState<>>>/StructParents 0>> endobj 406 0 obj<> endobj 407 0 obj<> endobj 408 0 obj<> endobj 409 0 obj<> endobj 410 0 obj<> endobj 411 0 obj<>stream It is simplest to ask—in a nonjudgmental manner—all patients admitted to the hospital about drinking and to be alert for signs of acute alcohol withdrawal in all patients. Like the MINDS protocol, the Glasgow guideline uses a simple system. - Lorazepam (Ativan) 1-2mg PO q2hr prn (Take-home medication: 1-2mg QID prn x 3-4 days #10 tabs). 2. It is a tool used commonly in the US that helps clinicians assess and treat potential alcohol withdrawal. CIWA of < 15 or DBP < 110 mmHg (CIWA and vital signs checked q 1 hour until patient’s CIWA is < 15 and DBP < 110 mmHg.) y�c. Those who have been sober for years or do not use alcohol can be experiencing symptoms from the substance. 402 0 obj<> endobj If patient scores 0-7 for 48 hours, then assess every 8 hours or At our institution, the CIWA-Ar is scored by nursing staff only at admission and then a specified … %%EOF Reducing the dose by 10%-20% of the initial dose each day over five to 10 days provides a comfortable taper—especially in patients who initially required higher doses of medication to control the withdrawal. The CIWA-Ar scale is the most sensitive tool for assessment of the patient experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Typically, a CIWA-Ar protocol may be ordered prophylactically in the emergency department but can be initiated at any point during the hospital stay if alcohol withdrawal is suspected. A CIWA-Ar score less than 5 indicates minimal withdrawal with no need for pharmacotherapy, whereas a score that falls in the range of 6-19 indicates mild withdrawal that may benefit from medical treatment. The Saunderssutton syndrome: an analysis of delirium tremens. - Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 200mg PO q6hr day 1, q8hr day 2, q12h day 3, once daily day 4. 6. Dilute in 10 mL NS and push over 2-3 minutes per MAR instructions When CIWA is between 8 and 15, give Lorazepam (Ativan) 2 mg PO/IM and resume vital signs q 2 hours and the CIWA q 4 hours. Cutshall BJ. Clinical data points collected included blood alcohol level upon admission, duration of alcohol withdrawal protocol, all CIWA-Ar scores, and total daily dose of lorazepam given. x�b```b``~�����������b,@��a��I�> E�ET ��ETہ�*� �H��|x8/^�6����}���X�����#�f�� There are an estimated eight million alcohol-dependent people in the United States alone, and approximately 500,000 episodes of withdrawal severe enough to require pharmacologic treatment occur each year [2]. As the syndrome progresses, disorientation and mild hallucinations (often auditory but occasionally visual) develop, accompanied by diaphoresis. Are Type C symptoms present and unresponsive to Lorazepam? In a typical protocol, the CIWA-Ar scale is repeated hourly until the score is less than 10. •CIWA-Ar Score •If score >10 give lorazepam 1 mg or chlordiazepoxide 25 mg •If score >20 give lorazepam 2 mg or chlordiazepoxide 50 mg •Monitor patient every 4-8 hrs with CIWA-Ar until score has been <8-10 for 24 hours •Withdrawal scales are not a substitute for clinical judgment 21 A significant amount of injury in this country is due to the overuse of alcohol. Highline Lorazepam prn dose based on CIWA-Ar [X] "Or" Linked Panel Lorazepam prn dose based on CIWA-Ar [X] LORazepam (ATIVAN) tablet 0.5-6 mg, Oral, As needed, other, frequency and dose according to CIWA-Ar Scale CIWA 0-7 Recheck in 4 hours and PRN if change in symptoms. Order Sets. when a CIWA-arscoreis greater than 9 and no loading dose has been given, give 260 mg IV x one then continue with symptom triggered dosing. Table: Diazepam, lorazepam (Ativan), and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) are the most common benzos used. (CIWA-Ar less than or equal to 8) No treatment. But it is impossible to predict which patients will progress and which will not. Intravenous phenobarbital for alcohol withdrawal and convulsions. 8. 0000003058 00000 n Seizures during detoxification. Benzodiazepines have a relatively high therapeutic index when used to treat patients with illnesses in addition to acute withdrawal. It should not be given for treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal due to potential complications such as intoxication with delirium and development of gastritis. Lorazepam was included in the phenobarbital protocol as an as-needed adjunctive agent if the provider deemed it clinically necessary. It begins after early withdrawal—usually 72 hours or more after the last drink. Drug addicts love drugs, remember? In addition, the clinical potency of different drugs varies among endstream endobj 414 0 obj<>/W[1 1 1]/Type/XRef/Index[20 382]>>stream Sullivan JT, Sykora K, Schneiderman J, et al. Lorazepam Ativan 1 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg Oxazepam Serax 15-30 Temazepam Restoril 10 Triazolam Halcion 0.25 0.125mg, 0.25mg Z - s Eszopiclone Lunesta 2 1mg, 2mg, 3mg Zaleplon Sonata 10 Zolpidem Ambien 10 5mg, 10mg *Approximate equivalencies vary depending upon the resource referenced. When CIWA is between 8 and 15, give Lorazepam (Ativan) 2 mg PO/IM and resume vital signs q 2 hours and the CIWA q 4 hours. Dosing regimens: There are no standard protocols for withdrawal management in widespread use.12 A fixed dosing schedule is commonly used for treatment of acute withdrawal, but either fixed-schedule or symptom-triggered dosing—medication given as needed for withdrawal signs—is efficacious in the treatment of withdrawal, even in patients with medical comorbidity.6. Upon discharge the patients who received lorazepam were given chlordiazepoxide and the phenobarbital patients were given a placebo. The CIWA-Ar should used in all patients suspected of being at risk to have alcohol withdrawal. Like the MINDS protocol, the Glasgow guideline uses a simple system. 2-Thiamine and Wernicke’s encephalopathy: Prevention of WE: 100mg IV die X 3 days, then PO 100mg daily until no longer at risk of WE. Yeh HS, Dhopesh V, Maany I. What the CIWA creators forgot, is that this system is built for drug addicts. Saitz R, Mayo-Smith MF, Roberts MS, et al. ATIVAN. Assessment of alcohol withdrawal: the revised clinical institute withdrawal assessment for alcohol scale (CIWA-Ar). Monitor patients for whom alcohol withdrawal is not considered but who then develop withdrawal signs using an assessment scale. What exactly is the CIWA protocol? Role of the primary care physician in problems of substance abuse. 31 Then, the CIWA-Ar can be done every 8 hours until the score is less than 6 for four consecutive assessments. They may not consider it a problem; they may not recognize that acute withdrawal is a serious and even fatal complication; or they may wish to conceal their alcoholism from family and physicians due to concerns about stigmatization. Moderate Symptoms (CIWA-Ar 9-15) Lorazepam 1mg IVPush … A continuous intravenous infusion may be warranted to control withdrawal symptoms, and the rate can be titrated to the desired level of consciousness. 260 mg IV x one. Once CIWA-Ar score is less than 8 for 72hrs, contact provider to discontinue protocol. Lorazepam, four doses of 2 mg, then eight doses of 1 mg Provide additional medication as needed when symptoms are not controlled (i.e., the CIWA-Ar score remains at least 8 to 10 points). They are not cross-tolerant with alcohol, however, and may result in progression of the withdrawal syndrome. This patient received 2 mg, 3 mg, and 1 mg lorazepam equivalents on hospital days 2, 3, and 4, respectively. A symptom-based protocol for the treatment of AWS aims to accomplish four goals. When using CIWA, doctors are supposed to diagnose alcohol withdrawal under two circumstances. First, promptly recognize the condition. 0000005371 00000 n (See Table 3, p. It then goes down in 5-milligram increments every four hours until symptoms resolve. If CIWA-Ar score is 10 or greater, give oxazepam 30mg po OR chlordiazepoxide 50mg po as ordered, and repeat CIWA-Ar in 1 hour (awaken if asleep). Typically, a CIWA-Ar protocol may be ordered prophylactically in the emergency department but can be initiated at any point during the hospital stay if alcohol withdrawal is suspected. (See Table 2, left.) Nevertheless, there is little literature directly comparing the two drugs. First, promptly recognize the condition. It then goes down in 5-milligram increments every four hours until symptoms resolve. Lorazepam; CIWA Protocol. It’s because of this that I would say the CIWA scale fails the vast majority of the time. Refer patients who have been treated for alcohol withdrawal for long-term treatment of alcoholism. Seizures are an early sign of alcohol withdrawal and may even be the presenting symptom. A symptom-based protocol for the treatment of AWS aims to accomplish four goals. Untreated late withdrawal results in significant morbidity and even death.3 Adequate treatment of early withdrawal prevents progression to late withdrawal. Hospitalized patients may not be forthcoming about their alcohol consumption for numerous reasons. Consult medical provider for additional medication orders as needed. A significant amount of injury in this country is due to the overuse of alcohol. First, the patient must have a history of recent alcohol use. These are all symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Even a habit of two or three drinks each day is enough to set up a person for withdrawal. What exactly is the CIWA protocol? 260 mg IV x one. 0000002981 00000 n •We currently dose patients with 2 mg of Ativan q 6 hours standing •This is much, much less than the protocols in recent literature •The new protocol stratifiespatient treatment based on CIWA score. After stabilization, the patient can be changed to an equivalent dose of a long-acting sedative-hypnotic and tapered as above. OSU IP GEN: Alcohol Withdrawal-. Doses are often divided throughout the day. They may not consider it a problem; they may not recognize that acute withdrawal is a serious and even fatal complication; or they may wish to conceal their alcoholism from family and physicians due to concerns about stigmatization.Even when patients acknowledge their drinking, they often underestimate the amount, which … ISSN 1553-085X. Administer one of the following medications every 6 hours: Chlordiazepoxide, four doses of 50 mg, then eight doses of 25 mg %PDF-1.4 %���� Ativan 2-4mg IV q15 minutes until stable, then use that dose of Ativan that achieved stability IV q2-3h standing Severe withdrawal: Treat severe DTs manifested by abnormal and fluctuating vital signs and/or delirium aggressively in an ICU environment with sufficiently large doses of medication to suppress the withdrawal.11 Use IV medications with a rapid onset of action for immediate effect. 7. 0 Use of intravenous alcohol infusion is reserved for poisoning with methanol, isopropanol, or ethylene glycol. Sudden changes in blood pressure and heart rate may result in complications such as myocardial infarction or a cerebrovascular event. A meta-analysis and evidence-based practice guideline. This may include Alcoholics Anonymous, outpatient counseling, and other treatment modalities. 1mg PO every 4 hours. CIWA-Ar Score 10 to 19 – Moderate agitation - (choose ONE) o diazepam 10 mg IV/PO once o diazepam 5 mg IV/PO once o LORazepam 4 mg IV/SL/PO once Irritability. Tremors. All rights reserved. Acute withdrawal is most safely managed in an inpatient setting if the patient has been using high doses of sedatives, has a history of seizures or delirium tremens, or has co-morbid medical or psychiatric problems.1 The severity of the withdrawal syndrome is affected by concurrent medical illness. instrument, such as the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol Scale (CIWA-Ar), a measure of withdrawal severity, or … Copyright by Society of Hospital Medicine or related companies. Nursing assessment is vitally important. Hospitalized patients may not be forthcoming about their alcohol consumption for numerous reasons. Extreme confusion. Ask all patients admitted to the hospital about drinking alcohol and be alert for signs of acute alcohol withdrawal in any patient. Pharmacological management of alcohol withdrawal. Saitz R. Introduction to alcohol withdrawal. A randomized double-blind controlled trial. Not all daily drinkers are guaranteed to develop withdrawal, and it is difficult to predict who will and who will not. Signs of withdrawal usually occur within 48 hours of the last drink. Those who drink on most days of the week are more likely—due to tolerance—to develop withdrawal. The patient's CIWA score is 10 or higher after four doses of diazepam at 80 mg. 0000001444 00000 n Expressed another way, between 2 and 7 percent of patients with heavy alcohol use admit… 10. Preparation: Mix 12mg (ie 3x4mg vials) in 120ml NS or D5NS (pvc-free bag, use pyolefine bag) Concentration = 0.1mg/ml; perfuse at 10-40cc/hr NB mix is stable x 7d room temp or fridge. Cross-tolerant medication may be given on a fixed schedule or as symptom-triggered therapy. ATIVAN. The best predictor of whether a patient will develop acute withdrawal is a past history of withdrawal. Early intervention for CIWA-Ar score of 8 or greater provides the best means to prevent the progression of withdrawal. 0000005821 00000 n (Bacon et al., 2016). Severe withdrawal may require a continuous intravenous infusion in an ICU. Recognition and effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal can prevent significant complications in hospitalized patients. Every four hours is sufficient for most patients, but those who have developed late withdrawal or those with CIWA-Ar scores greater than 30 should be monitored hourly to prevent complications. American Society of Addiction Medicine Working Group on Pharmacological Management of Alcohol Withdrawal. 25.) Throughout the entire protocol, 2-4 mg lorazepam IV q 30 minutes PRN will be available for a goal CIWA <6 or RASS -1 to 0. Repeat sooner if symptoms worsen. 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