I was always under the impression that you needed to recheck AT LEAST every 4 hours but could recheck sooner. For example, I come on for my shift and always assess CIWA with my nursing assessment
then recheck in 4 hours if patient is fine in the mean time, in 1 hour if they need a prn follow up or at any point it becomes clear symptoms are emerging that would score them to high enough to get a prn medication.
Is it wrong to do more often than the set schedule? In my hospital setting I get the occasional detox patient and am not in a specialty setting. Would like to know what other nurses are doing and hoping I'm not totally off in my nursing. Thanks so much for your input!