CIWA Protocol

Updated January 20, 2013
Author: MMC

Description: Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Protocols for Alcohol, Sedative, and /or Hypnotic Drugs


Acronym: CIWA

CIWA is an acronym for "Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Protocols for Alcohol, Sedative, and /or Hypnotic Drugs"


Summary

The CIWA Protocol is an attempt to assess an individual's withdrawal from physically addictive substances by assigning a numerical score to each of several physical signs and symptoms, such as


Administration and dosage of drugs (such as benzodiazepines) to treat withdrawal is subsequently based on the patient score, determined at periodic intervals. 

A CIWA Protocol summary sheet is available on each Nursing Station; a copy of the assessment is kept in the chart of each patient undergoing withdrawal therapy.

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