214. Specific Populations and Other Topics (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Suggested interventions for hospitalized patients

For every hospitalized patient, the following steps should be taken:

  • Ask each patient on admission if he or she uses tobacco and document tobacco use status.
  • For current tobacco users, list tobacco use status on the admission problem list and as a discharge diagnosis.
  • Use counseling and medications to help all tobacco users maintain abstinence and to treat withdrawal symptoms.
  • Provide advice and assistance on how to quit during hospitalization and remain abstinent after discharge.
  • Arrange for follow-up regarding smoking status. Supportive contact should be provided for at least a month after discharge.


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