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    Hey y'all! I am currently in a nursing program and researched a topic last semester regarding withdrawal assessment tools that can utilized for children > 4 months old. The hospital that posed the question did not currently have a tool to assess withdrawal symptoms from opioids, benzos, etc for children older than 4 months old. They were hoping for a tool similar to the Finnegan scale. So I was curious what kind of assessment tool do other hospitals utilize. Based on my research, in which not a lot of research has been done, the WAT (withdrawal assessment tool) seems to be a useful and concise tool. The nurses at the hospital I mentioned before used nursing judgment to assess children who are going through withdrawal.

    Thanks!

    Ashlea

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    Quote from ADAngel
    Hey y'all! I am currently in a nursing program and researched a topic last semester regarding withdrawal assessment tools that can utilized for children > 4 months old. The hospital that posed the question did not currently have a tool to assess withdrawal symptoms from opioids, benzos, etc for children older than 4 months old. They were hoping for a tool similar to the Finnegan scale. So I was curious what kind of assessment tool do other hospitals utilize. Based on my research, in which not a lot of research has been done, the WAT (withdrawal assessment tool) seems to be a useful and concise tool. The nurses at the hospital I mentioned before used nursing judgment to assess children who are going through withdrawal.

    Thanks!

    Ashlea
    That's tecnically the tool we used when I worked in the hospital but- by and large, I agree with the nurses at your hospital. You can tell when a child is withdrawing and you don't need to sit down and add up numbers to tell you so.
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    I work at a large children's hospital and we use the WAT scoring tool to assess for withdrawal symptoms. Usually a score >3 would warrant a prn med to be given to alleviate some symptoms.
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    [QUOTE=ADAngel;7119637 The nurses at the hospital I mentioned before used nursing judgment to assess children who are going through withdrawal.
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    Well goodness, sure don't want nurses to actually use their judgment when we can dumb it all down with some numbers!
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    Quote from cpellak4734
    I work at a large children's hospital and we use the WAT scoring tool to assess for withdrawal symptoms. Usually a score >3 would warrant a prn med to be given to alleviate some symptoms.
    We use a similar scale


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