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Grubenhoff JA, Cifra CL, Marshall T, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2023. AHRQ Publication No. 23-0040-5-EF.
This case describes a 65-year-old man with alcohol use disorder who presented to a hospital 36 hours after his last alcoholic drink and was found to be in severe alcohol withdrawal. The patient’s Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) score was very high, indicating signs and symptoms of severe alcohol withdrawal. He was treated with symptom-triggered dosing of benzodiazepines utilizing the CIWA protocol and dexmedetomidine continuous infusion.