Raising Awareness of Alcohol Screenings

Contact: Amy Gilliam

 

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UK Emergency Department staff will be available to talk about alcohol screening and alcohol at risk behaviors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the UK Chandler Medical Center, Thursday, April 7, which is National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD).

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky Hospital Emergency Department is taking part in a national study to help emergency nurses identify and document alcohol-related injuries in patients.

The study at UK is funded as one of five national grants from the Emergency Nurses Association Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The pilot study will assist the NHTSA in achieving its goal of reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the United States to less than 11,000 by the end of 2005.

Emergency nurses will perform an alcohol screening, known as Screening, Brief, Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT). The purpose of the screening is to educate patients about the dangers of alcohol use as it relates to traumatic injury and help decrease alcohol injury rates.

“Public education and screening is an important aspect of alcohol and screening referral,” said Matt Proud, R.N., Emergency Department, UK Hospital, and project champion . “We’re working to increase the public awareness of alcohol related injuries and traumas.”

As part of this effort, UK Emergency Department staff will be available to talk about alcohol screening and alcohol at risk behaviors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the UK Chandler Medical Center, Thursday, April 7, which is National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). The screening involves a few questions to identify if an individual engages in risky drinking practices.


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