This large analysis from NSQUIP found past smokers (>1 year quit) had similar post-op mortality compared to non-smokers, but current smokers had an odds ratio of post-op mortality of 1.17. Arterial events and respiratory events were higher in past smokers than non-smokers, but still significantly less than current smokers. This data adds to the existing literature of the benefits of smoking cessation before surgical intervention (abstract).
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.