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.