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Alcohol screening: rise in referrals to clinical nurse specialist teams

A recent study looking into emergency departments’ (EDs) current practices regarding alcohol identification has found that there is an increase in their access to clinical nurse specialist (CNS) teams.
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A recent study looking into emergency departments’ (EDs) current practices regarding alcohol identification has found that there is an increase in their access to clinical nurse specialist (CNS) teams.

The study found there was a 13.4 percentage point growth in access to CNSs and alcohol health workers (AHWs) between 2011 (71.8%) and 2015 (85.2%) in EDs.

Of 180 EDs who were asked to take part, 147 responded.

The survey consisted of 44 questions and was designed to evaluate current alcohol screening and brief advice or intervention procedures in the ED. It was supported by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and included open and closed questions.

Outcomes also revealed that levels of routine questioning about alcohol consumption among adults had improved by 15.9%.

The second highest surge was at 10.2%, where EDs were informing

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