Pre-op alcohol cessation may reduce complications

In this small meta-analysis of 2 randomized controlled trials, pre-operative alcohol cessation reduced the odds of peri-operative complications (Odds ratio 0.22, 95% CI 0.08 to 0.61), but did not have any effect on in-hospital or 30 day mortality (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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