Ask-Advise-Refer to Stop Smoking Before Surgery

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has a new campaign to help patients stop smoking at the time of surgery. It’s called Ask-Advise-Refer. All patients should be asked if they smoke, even if the answer is known, to demonstrate that smoking is significant. All patients should be advised to stop smoking before surgery and stay off cigarettes until at least one week after surgery. Patients should be referred for smoking cessation. There is a national Tobacco Quitline number (1-800-QUIT-NOW) which provides free counseling. The ASA web-site provides access to additional resources, including information regarding reimbursement for providing tobacco interventions.

Advertisements

One Response to Ask-Advise-Refer to Stop Smoking Before Surgery

  1. […] their alcohol intake. This certainly seems to be the case with cigarette smoking and has lead to campaigns to identify smokers before surgery and help them […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: