Blood alcohol measurements in the emergency department: who needs them?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We surveyed North Carolina emergency physicians to determine current medical practices regarding the use of blood alcohol concentrations using a hypothetical scenario. Most physicians (88 per cent) would not have obtained blood alcohol concentrations in a patient who had alcohol on his breath but was coherent and cooperative. For marginally impaired patients, more liberal use of blood alcohol concentrations and explicit instructions to avoid driving while impaired might improve patient care and promote highway safety.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Simel, DL; Feussner, JR

Published Date

  • November 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1478 - 1479

PubMed ID

  • 3177726

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1350245

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.78.11.1478


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States