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“Barbiturates are Back-An Update on the Inpatient Management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal”

HealthTrust presents...”Barbiturates are Back-An Update on the Inpatient Management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal”


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The current mainstay of treatment for acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome is benzodiazepines. However, there is an ample amount of evidence that is supporting the use of transitioning back to barbiturates. Clinicians need to be aware of the newer literature that supports the use of barbiturates over benzodiazepines. In this session, the presenter will review the pathophysiology of acute alcohol withdrawal and the associated complications, discuss scoring tools to assess alcohol withdrawal and review the pharmacologic options for alcohol withdrawal treatment, as well as discuss the literature to support the use of each of these agents.

Learning Objectives for Pharmacists & Nurses  |  At the end of this session, participants should be able to

  1. Recall the pathophysiology of acute alcohol withdrawal and associated complications
  2. Identify the preferred therapeutic target when managing a patient in acute alcohol withdrawal
  3. Recognize literature-based recommendations for pharmacologic agents in the treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal


Ali Goforth, PharmD  | PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident  |  TriStar Centennial Medical Center  | HCA Healthcare

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Nurses

Continuing Education Information: 1.0 contact hour approved for Pharmacists & Nurses

This program is approved for CPEs by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Attendees of this program may earn 1.0 CPE Contact Hours. Belmont University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0863-9999-24-064-L01-P. The activity is approved for 1 hour (.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit for Pharmacists and Nurses, who attend the webinar and complete the online evaluation. Pfiedler Education is a division of AORN, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP13019, for 1 contact hour. 1.0 contact hours approved for Nurses.

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