Amanda Saucedo

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing




Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a significant health problem that is seen widely inall hospitals and in the community. Individuals who have AUD and cease to consume alcohol develop Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS). Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome can either be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Three different pharmacological regimens for treating AWS with medications exist. The three regimens include fixeddosing, symptom-triggered, and loading dose regimens (Sachdeva et al., 2015). As Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (APRNs), AWS will be a common diagnosis treated. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) must be aware of the different treatment modalities and the best evidence-based regimens for treating AWS. The purpose of this project is to conduct a systematic review to determine if the use of symptom-triggered dosing compared to fixed-schedule dosing of benzodiazepines for the treatment of AWS decreases total dosage of benzodiazepines administered during the course of treatment.

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Nursing Commons