The consumption of alcohol remains one of the leading root cause of deaths that are preventable in the US. Additionally, alcohol has led to the loss of billions of dollars in dealing with alcohol consumption associated complications. The federal government of the US spends billions to provide care for alcoholic individuals hospitalized. One of the biggest problems that clinicians face in most hospital is making the right decision in providing the best alcohol detoxification among patients with alcohol-related problems. The clinicians have developed some protocols to help with treating of patients with alcohol-related problems (Imani et al., 2017).
A section of clinicians and scholars have argued that alcohol abuse protocol use in most of the hospitals have not yielded the anticipated outcome in helping alcohol consumers. However, another section of doctors has supported the guideline claiming they are useful in helping alcohol abuser overcome the problem of alcoholism if used with the best procedures. Consequently, this paper will focus on assessing the reliability and efficiency of alcohol abuse protocol applicability in hospitals as well as the economic, legal and political factors that promote the implementation of treatment guideline.
Applying the best treatment protocol for alcohol withdrawal can help the patient overcome their drinking problems and prevent the occurrence of other severe symptoms that can worsen in future withdrawal attempts (Lianping & Lianlian, 2015). Even though the clinicians in most hospitals are putting emphasis on using alcohol abuse protocols to help alcohol victims, it seems to yield a little outcome in relation to the efforts put towards the process (Levy et al., 2016). Despite the protocol being expensive to administer it has made the life of those who try to withdraw from alcoholism to be more miserable than ever. As a result, the protocols need a change by the health sector to help individuals overcome their drinking problems without causing serious health compilations.
However, some factors can influence the change of a given alcohol abuse protocol use in hospitals as well as in the country. These include;
1. Economic factors
The cost of administering and using a given alcohol abuse protocol in any hospital has a significant impact on its change. If the hospital can assess the utilization of a particular protocol to be cost-effective relative to the outcome the management will change the existing protocol. Additionally, the economic effect of alcoholism among youths can also drive hospitals to adopt a modification of the protocol applied within the hospital to help alcohol users overcome their drinking habit.
2. Political factor
The government policies can also influence a change in the protocols used to treat alcohol addicts. Appropriate government regulations and laws can provide an excellent framework for establishing a modification of the protocols employed by a hospital. However, inappropriate government, as well as hospital policies, can significantly impact on the need to adopt a new alcohol abuse protocol use in hospitals. Government regulations and policies such as restrictions significantly affect the establishment of treatment protocols for alcohol individuals.
3. Legal factors
One of the factors that have considerably impacted on the implementation of protocol change is legal system and framework available in a given state. The legal environment is an integral part of application of a protocol change in any hospital facility. Some of the legal factors that have significantly influenced protocol implementation include age restriction on those eligible to the treatment protocol within the hospital.
In a nutshell, alcohol abuse protocol utilization in most hospitals have borne little profits either because of the inappropriate legal environment, economic as well as the political factors in a particular country. Therefore, the current protocols need a change because they have produced inferior outcome relative to the efforts and cost of administering these treatment protocols.
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