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ALC-007: Screening for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Trauma Patients

Screening for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Trauma Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages

  • Hospital medical staffs to promote the performance of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests and urine drug screens on in-patient hospitalized trauma patients.
  • Physicians responsible for the care of hospitalized trauma patients to implement appropriate evaluation and treatment when there is a positive BAC, other positive drug screen results, or other source of suspicion of a potential substance misuse disorder.
  • Consulting and using practice parameters developed by physician organizations and federal agencies to assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of substance use disorders. (HOD, 0411)*

*Currently under five-year policy review.