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Symptom-triggered benzodiazepine therapy for alcohol withdrawal syndrome in the emergency department: a comparison with the standard fixed dose benzodiazepine regimen
  1. Eugene M Cassidy1,
  2. Iomhar O'Sullivan2,
  3. Paula Bradshaw1,
  4. Tariq Islam1,
  5. Chidozie Onovo1
  1. 1Department of Psychiatry, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2Division of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eugene M Cassidy, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University College Cork, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland; eugene.cassidy{at}


The aim of the study was to compare symptom-triggered and standard benzodiazepine regimens for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome in an emergency department clinical decision unit. The authors found that the symptom-triggered approach reduced cumulative benzodiazepine dose and length of stay.

  • Mental health
  • alcohol abuse
  • management
  • self-harm
  • mental illness

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by Cork Teaching Hospitals Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.