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Emergency Departments Nationwide Institute New Alcohol Screening and Intervention Process
Date:4/7/2008

tration projects over the past several years, the SBIRT procedure has been shown to be so effective that as of 2008, this procedure now qualifies for re-imbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurers.

"The SBIRT procedure does not focus solely on patients who suffer from alcoholism. It targets every patient served by the ED," said 2008 ENA President Denise King, RN, MSN, CEN. "Fewer alcohol and substance related patients means shorter waits, reduced staff work loads, safer emergency departments, and a safer community as a whole."

The development of the ENA SBIRT implementation tool kit was financially supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The tool kit includes a health care professional manual explaining the goals and concepts of SBIRT, a laminated pocket guide for quick reference to screening questions and patient assessment, an interactive training video on DVD, and role-plays. For more information on the tool kit, visit http://www.ena.org/ipinstitute/SBIRT/default.asp.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 32,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention, and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA's Web site, at http://www.ena.org.


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