What is it about?

Physicians generally know that smoking increases the risks of post procedural morbidity and mortality. Stopping smoking before surgery and other medical procedures has been shown to improve procedural outcomes.

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Why is it important?

Anesthesiologists are well-positioned as periprocedural physicians to take full advantage of the leadership role in the area of smoking cessation. However, some anesthesiologists do not routinely implement in their practice. Some barriers for smoking cessation interventions may include the lack of time and knowledge about these interventions as well as inadequate training and funding to offer counselling.

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Physicians generally know that smoking increases the risks of post procedural morbidity and mortality. Stopping smoking before surgery and other medical procedures has been shown to improve procedural outcomes. Anesthesiologists are well-positioned as periprocedural physicians to take full advantage of the leadership role in the area of smoking cessation. However, some anesthesiologists do not routinely implement in their practice. Some barriers for smoking cessation interventions may include the lack of time and knowledge about these interventions as well as inadequate training and funding to offer counselling.

Professor Somchai Amornyotin
Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

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This page is a summary of: Role of an Anesthesiologist in Smoking Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Procedures, Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapeutic Science, January 2017, Peertechz.com, DOI: 10.17352/2455-3484.000023.
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