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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use $20.00

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use

Complete this course to earn 1 CPD hour

Covers the spectrum of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use problems, explaining screening, assessment, the effects of frequently abused substances, and safe care considerations

The term ‘drug use’ is often assumed to mean illicit drug use such as cannabis or heroin, but it also includes those most commonly used: caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals.

Emergency staff must understand the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) to anticipate and monitor potential complications and deterioration, commence assessment and treatment in the pre-hospital and further assist with assessment, diagnosis and ongoing treatment in the emergency department.

This module presents the spectrum of ATOD problems and explains ATOD screening and assessment. It defines and sets out the effects of frequently abused substances, along with a number of essential considerations regarding the safe care of people who may be affected by them.

Having completed this module, you will be armed with greater confidence and knowledge, helping you engage with patients with ATOD problems, identify intoxication and possible co-morbidity and manage their withdrawal or overdose.

Completing this online module accumulates one hour of CPD for nurses.

Acknowledgements Content derived from ‘Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use’ by Charlotte de Crespigny, Janice Elliott and Peter Athanasos in Emergency and Trauma Care, 1st edition, by Curtis and Ramsden.