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1. Report No.
 DOT HS 809 281
2. Government Accession No.
3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Developing Best Practices of Emergency Care for the Alcohol-Impaired Patient: Recommendations from the National Conference

5. Report Date
June 2001
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Jeffrey W. Runge, MD; Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH; George Velianoff, RN, DNS; Phillip A. Brewer, MD, FACEP; Gail D'Onofrio MS, MD; Carl A. Soderstrom, MD; Larry M. Gentilello, MD; Laurie Flaherty, RN, MS; David A. Fiellin, MD; Linda C. Degutis, DrPH; Michael V. Pantalon, PhD

8. Performing Organization Report No.


9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Emergency Nurses Association
915 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016-6569

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Impaired Driving Division
400 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report
September 1999-
December 2000
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes

Valerie A. Gompf was the Contracting Officer's Technical Manager for this project.

16. Abstract

This report presents the results of the National Conference: Developing Best Practice Standards of Emergency Care for the Alcohol-Impaired Patient. The conference was convened in response to Strategy III, Action III-d of the Partners in Progress: An Impaired Driving Guide for Action report. The main objectives of this conference were (1) to describe a comprehensive public health approach to the reduction of alcohol-related injuries, focusing on those that are motor vehicle related; (2) to interpret available research on identification and intervention in the emergency setting; (3) formulate "best practice standards" for use by prehospital professionals, emergency rooms and trauma centers.

A major outcome of the conference was the consensus to change the Best Practice Standards to "Best Practices." The attendees felt strongly that this group was not yet prepared to recommend standards based on the current research, and that Best Practices was the more appropriate term.

17. Key Words
  • Alcohol-Impaired Patients
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • Screening and Brief Intervention
  • Impaired Driving
  • DWI
  • DUI
  • Alcohol-Impaired Driving
  • Alcohol Use Problems (AUP)
  • Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)
18. Distribution Statement

Copy available from  National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22160. Also see for a copy.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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