Welsh government to extend FAST questionnaire intervention across the country after two successful clinical trials in the capital
Specialist alcohol nurses are to be put on duty around the clock in every A&E department in Greater Manchester to help beat the region’s booze epidemic. Health chiefs want medics with special experience in treating alcohol problems to spot patients who need help. Health bosses say the move is a high priority and is one [...]
Nurses should be employed to visit homelessness hostels to encourage alcoholics to stop drinking so much and hence reduce associated hospital admissions, according to a successful pilot project. Mark Napier, managing director of CPI, said: “This programme has shown that innovative, locally-based approaches to tackle the health and social harm caused by alcohol can succeed. [...]
A randomised controlled trial of training and support strategies to encourage screening and brief alcohol intervention
There is good evidence to show that excessive drinking is responsive to brief alcohol intervention in primary health care. However, most of the research to date has focused on general practitioners. Nurse involvement in brief alcohol intervention is low, despite the fact that they may be more cost-effective at delivering brief intervention in primary care.
Maxillo-facial surgeons see a regular stream of young male casualties with alcohol related facial injuries. The majority of them have been involved in a fight, usually on a Friday or Saturday night. They attend an A&E department, receive appropriate treatment and are given an appointment for a follow-up clinic within the next 10 days. This clinic provides an ideal opportunity to influence the drinking patterns of these young men. Can a brief alcohol intervention, given at this point, influence future alcohol consumption?