Special Issue "Smoking on the Perioperative Course and Preoperative Smoking Intervention"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1010-660X). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ann M. Møller
Guest Editor
Department of Anaesthesiology, Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Herlev, Denmark
Interests: patient courses of anaesthesiology and emergency medicine; emergency gastrointestinal disease; emergency obstetrics; smoking intervention in relation to surgery

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

During the last 25 years or more, smoking has been identified as one of the most important lifestyle factors to bring negative health consequences to its users. Smoking relates to disease and malfunctions of almost all the organs in the body, including the skin, the circulatory system, and the respiratory system.

Smoking has also been identified as a risk factor for complications after surgery—both directly related to the surgical process such as wound infection, wound dehiscence, bleeding, and healing issues, and related to systematic complications such as lung infections, circulatory instability, cardiac events, and even death.

There is some evidence to suggest that it is possible to prevent at least some of these complications by pre-operative smoking intervention. However, the time needed to reduce complications has not yet been fully determined. Some studies showed that intervention 6–8 weeks prior to surgery was effective, whereas other trials using a 4 week period have shown variable results. Furthermore, it is increasingly common that the waiting time for surgery is relatively short, with no time to establish an effective intervention. Offering smoking interventions to patients after surgery may be a new opportunity to perhaps reduce long-term complications and change patients’ smoking habits.

Prof. Dr. Ann M. Møller
Guest Editor

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  • smoking cessation
  • preoperative smoking intervention
  • postoperative smoking intervention
  • lifestyle risk factors
  • surgical complications
  • cardiopulmonary complications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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