Study Shows Bias in Use of Alcohol Screening after Traumatic Brain Injury
Standardized approaches are needed to ensure that every patient with TBI undergoes alcohol screening in the emergency department (ED), according to the new research by Chong (Sherry) Cheever, MSN, ANP-BC, PhD candidate, of Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, and Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD, of Washington State University, Spokane.
Evidence of ‘Systemic Bias’ in Alcohol Screening after TBI
Alcohol consumption is very common among patients with head trauma—previous studies have suggested that one-half to two-thirds of patients with TBI were consuming alcohol before their injury. The effects of alcohol can have a major impact on assessment of the patient’s condition.
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