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Short Alcohol Withdrawal Scale

Aka: Short Alcohol Withdrawal Scale, SAWS
  1. See Also
    1. Alcohol Abuse
    2. Outpatient Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol
  2. Indications
    1. Alcohol Withdrawal symptom monitoring (self rating scale)
      1. See Outpatient Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol
  3. Criteria
    1. Anxious
    2. Feeling confused
    3. Restless
    4. Miserable
    5. Memory problems
    6. Tremors or shakes
    7. Nausea
    8. Heart pounding
    9. Sleep disturbance such as Insomnia
    10. Sweating
  4. Technique
    1. Patient self-scores the 10 symptom criteria above
    2. Assign each of the criteria with a score of 0-3
      1. Score 0: None
      2. Score 1: Mild
      3. Score 2: Moderate
      4. Score 3: Severe
  5. Interpretation
    1. Score <12: Mild Alcohol Withdrawal
    2. Score 12 or more: Moderate to severe Alcohol Withdrawal
  6. References
    1. Elholm (2010) Alcohol Alcohol 45(4): 362 [PubMed]

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