The American Society of Anesthesiologists offers a patient safety module for CME credit about perioperative smoking and how to help patients to quit. Click here for more information.
Smoking Cessation Curriculum
This site has a more extensive curriculum about perioperative smoking cessation, as well as additional resources. It requires one-time registration, but is free and a valuable resource. Look under the “surgical care” section. Click here to learn more.
Even in busy practices, it only takes a minute to . . .
- Ask your patients about tobacco use
- Advise them to quit smoking for as long as possible before and after surgery
- Refer them to resources such as the telephone quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) to get help
These two videos provide an example of how to ask-advise-refer. The first takes only a minute and the second takes about three minutes for those who have more time.