David Geffen School Of Medicine @ UCLA
Prehospital Care Research Forum
UCLA Center
for Prehospital Care

Should EMS providers always transport alcohol intoxicated patients to the hospital? by David, Josh, Keith

How accurate can an EMS provider’s assessment diagnose the “just drunk” patient. 

This study from a Rhode Island group looked at how well EMT - Intermediates were able to diagnose alcohol intoxication in the prehospital setting.  What is your local protocol for assessing an intoxicated patient? Does your assessment include more than the standard a blood glucose analysis? What does your local sobering center “detox” consist of? Is it more than a bed, do the patients receive monitoring?


Article: Cornwall, A., N. Zaller, and O. Warren. "A Pilot Study of Emergency Medical Technicians' Field Assessment of Intoxicated Patients' Need for ED Care." The Journal of Emergency Medicine 30.7 (2012): 1224-228. Elsevier Inc. Web.

Speakers: David Page, MS, NREMT-P, Joshua G. Salzman, MA, EMT-B, Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP.