Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Alcohol Mnemonics

yes to 3/4 indicates dependence
Cut down
Eye opener

Paddington Alcohol Test (PAT)

1.     Quite a few people have times when they drink more than usual - what is the most (in total number of units per day) you will drink in any one day?
2.     If you drink more than 8 units a day for men or 6 units a day for women is this at least once a week?
    If yes, PAT positive –> alcohol advice
    If no, question 3
3.     Do you feel your current attendance at the emergency department is related to alcohol?
    Yes –> PAT positive
    No –> interpret carefully

Hazardous drinking:  more than twice the recommended daily limit. Advice and information.
Dependent drinking:  more than twice recommended daily limit every day, or other signs of dependence. Do not benefit from brief intervention.

Signs of dependence –> compulsion to drink
Signs of tolerance --> repeated failed attempts to stop drinking?

CIWA score - out of 67
Nausea and vomiting
Tactile disturbances
Auditory disturbances
Paroxysmal sweats
Visual disturbances
Headache, fullness in head
Reduced orientation and clouding of senses Risk assessments
characteristic of the act of self-harm - violence, evidence of planning
    characteristic of the person - intention to die, previous self-harm, mental illness or personality disorder, substance misuse.
social circumstances and provoking events

Sex: male                           1
Age: 15-24, 45-54, >75    1
Depression/hopelessness    1

Prior history                      1
Ethanol                             1
Rational thinking loss         1
Support system lack         1
Organised plan                 1
No significant other          1
Sickness (cancer, HIV)    1

0-2    Discharge with follow up
3-4     Discharge with close monitoring
5-6    Consider admission
7-10    Definite admission

DSM-IV criteria for major depression

5 or more = major depressive episode
Low mood for most of the day every day
Recurrent suicidal ideation
Lack of concentration
Weight loss >5%
Low self-esteem
Disturbed sleep
Weight loss
Loss of interest
(Loss of libido, poor concentration also worth asking about)

All Brides Should Make Tea Cakes in Summer

Behaviour - remember to ask about circumstances leading to hospital attendance, if the act had any significance, and if they believed their behaviour is strange or unusual.
Speech - pressure of speech, knight’s move thinking, clang associations, word salad
Thought - worthlessness, low self-esteem, flight of ideas, delusions of grandeur, delusions
Cognition - orientation, memory, concentration, calculation skills. Spell world backwards.
Insight - are you ill?
Summary - don’t forget focussed medical and psychiatric history.

Section 2
Compulsory admission for up to 28days
2 practitioners (one approved)
Application made by social worker or nearest relative

Section 4
Emergency section when an urgent admission is required
To be used when the patient poses a significant risk to others or themselves
Can be used when there is not enough time to get a second medical practitioner.

Section 5(2)

Cannot be used in the emergency department.

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