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Providing compassionate care to our patients is a guiding principle at OHSU. As part of OHSU’s commitment to providing compassionate and quality health care, hospitalized patients are screened and treated for tobacco dependence. OHSU also provides assistance to patient families and visitors who smoke by offering nicotine lozenges at no cost to help manage cravings while on campus.

Hospital Patients:

Hospital patients are asked about their tobacco use at the time of admission. Patients who are currently smoking are offered medications to help manage cravings during their hospital stay and, for those interested in quitting, a consult with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist can be ordered by physicians and nurses to help set up a treatment plan following discharge. The consult includes an assessment of the patient’s tobacco use history and current circumstances and makes recommendations, including referrals, for treatment. The smoking cessation medications and the Tobacco Cessation Consult order are included in the EPIC orders manager. The consult is completed within 48 hours and a consult note is written in the patient’s chart. A follow-up call is made to all patients who agree to be contacted.

Role of Nurses:

The hospital nursing staff are essential in helping to reach smokers.  For more information about the role of nurses, see the “Helping Nurses Help Smokers Toolkit ” and  "Continuing Education" programs.

Ambulatory patients:

Ambulatory patients are asked about their tobacco use at clinic visits. For patients interested in quitting, a tobacco use history is included in the review of systems and patients are offered treatment and referrals (or appointments) for tobacco cessation services.

All patients:

All patients can be referred to the Oregon Tobacco Quitline for more assistance. A fax referral program is also available to help link patients with the Quitline and provide feedback to the referring provider.

For more information, contact OHSU Smoking Cessation Services at (503) 346-0027.

OHSU medical practices and hospital units may order the brochure "Is it time to quit smoking?" through the Logistics online catalog (Item no. 143481). This brochure is part of the Core Publications Program, and is available to clinical units at no cost.

Outpatients:

Outpatients are asked about their tobacco use at clinic visits.  Patients interested in quitting are offered treatment by their provider or can be referred to the Oregon Tobacco Quitline. Patients who are also OHSU employees can be referred to the OHSU Employee Tobacco Free Program.

OHSU medical practices and hospital units may order the brochure "Is it time to quit smoking?" through the Logistics online catalog (Item no. 143481). This brochure is part of the Core Publications Program, and is available to clinical units at no cost.

For More Information

For more information for health care professionals including education and training opportunities, visit the OHSU Smoking Cessation Center site at http://www.ohsu.edu/smokingcessation/ or call (503) 494-1660 to reach the director of professional training and education.