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Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office. [NSW Department of Health] (2008) Nursing & midwifery clinical guidelines - identifying & responding to drug & alcohol issues. Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health. 113 p.

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These guidelines provide nurses and midwives with support and a benchmark for quality drug and alcohol use assessment and care in daily practice. Each clinician needs to use these guidelines within the context of their role and scope of practice, and update their knowledge by accessing new research and clinical guidelines as they emerge.

Chapters 1 to 8 outline general principles and guidelines for drug and alcohol assessment, intervention, communication with patients, and managing intoxication, overdose and withdrawal.

Chapter 9 provides specific information on commonly used substances, with details of symptoms, signs, management and risks.

Chapter 10 provides additional information on pharmacotherapies for dependence on alcohol and on opioids.

The Appendices provide withdrawal assessment scales and other useful information.

The Handouts section contains handouts on selected drugs that you can photocopy and give to your patients.

The Glossary describes terms used in these guidelines related to drug and alcohol issues.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, AOD prevention, Rehabilitation/Recovery, AOD disorder harm reduction, Screening, Psychosocial treatment method, AOD disorder
Source:NSW Department of Health
Date:2008
Pages:113 p.
Publisher:New South Wales Department of Health
Corporate Creators:Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office
Place of Publication:Sydney
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug withdrawal syndrome
N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines > Practice / clinical guidelines
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
B Substances > Alcohol
VA Geographic area > Australia and Oceania > Australia
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol intoxication
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Methamphetamine
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Amphetamines
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants) > Benzodiazepine
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)

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