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Vaping Isn’t a Better Alternative to Smoking Before Surgery

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) released a statement addressing whether vaping before surgery is safe. The AANA concluded that in order to improve surgery outcomes, patients should quit smoking cigarettes AND electronic device.

Nicotine is largely responsible for poor surgery outcomes in smoking and vaping. Nicotine contributes to reduced blood flow, which increases a patient’s risk of infection, pain, and poor wound healing. It also affects the body’s metabolism which can negatively affect any sort of drug that a person is taking.

It’s important for patients to let their healthcare providers know of any sort of person about their health history. Informing a healthcare provider of any drugs, allergies, supplements, and tobacco use can help the healthcare provider determine a better care plan.

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