Which measures are effective in preventing delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Protocols for screening persons at risk for hazardous alcohol use, followed by a brief intervention (5-10 min) carried out by a clinician, nurse, or social worker, have been shown to result in a reduction in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related injuries and decreased readmissions to the emergency department. Computer-based screening and counseling programs may be useful when clinicians do not have time to perform screening and face-to-face intervention.


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