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Vaping in a hospital bed?

Discussion in 'E-Cigarettes in Public' started by Jaguar G, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran

    Anyone unfortunate enough to be stuck in a hospital bed for a few days; and fortunate enough to be allowed to vape while there?

    Monday, the 24th I will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on my kidney, and probably be in the hospital until Thursday. I am planning on having my wife bring my PV to the room when I am out of recovery, and vaping at first "need" and opportunity.

    Anyone else give this a try? What are the odds the nurses and doctors "allow" vaping? Of course I can stealth vape, but that is a pain and sometimes you get caught. Plus, having a battery charger and a couple AW 18650 batteries on it may be a give away.

    So, any input would be welcome.

    Of course once I get out I will post here and let you know what happened.

  2. oldsoldier

    oldsoldier Retired ECF Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Dec 17, 2010
    Lurking in the shadows
    Depends on the hospital. I have seen people vape in their bed and in their room at the hospital. So take your stuff and see what happens! good luck on your surgery, and on vaping while you recover.

    If there is a problem have your doc write an order allowing you to vape because the stress of not getting your nic can affect your recovery.
  3. slyfox

    slyfox Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 14, 2010
    Don't know, but good luck with the surgery and please let us know the out come. I wish I was vaping when I had to go in for a couple of days. :)
  4. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the support and I will post again after the dust settles.

    Take care,
  5. MICKEY100

    MICKEY100 Full Member

    Dec 9, 2010
    I just had an in office procedure and was so nervus i told my doc about my e cig and she let me vape she thought it was pretty cool
  6. speedemon

    speedemon Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2009
    I was in for 3 days i used mine.Good luck with your surgery.
  7. grandmato5

    grandmato5 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    There's been quite a few reports here on ECF of people being openly allowed to vape while in the hospital. Different hospitals and doctors are going to give different opinions, so there's no way to know how your hospital is going to feel about it. Does your doctor know you vape ? If so, and supports your vaping, that's a really good start. Good Luck!!!
  8. sixstring

    sixstring Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2008
    SW Ga. USA
    If they don't allow it, or you don't feel comfortable then "stealth vape". I did this last year after having a tumor removed from my neck - in ICU no less... Just inhale and hold until no vapor is seen upon exhale.
  9. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran

    Love the signature, as a repair station manager, I use this frequently. Then I tell them Good is always selected, pick the other one.

    My surgeon isn't my regular doc, and I didn't tell him the first and only time we met, smoking didn't come up at all. I will talk with him before the surgery, they said "have any questions ready" and that will be one of them. He seems like a good guy, but you never know.

    I plan to stealth vape if nothing else, but to be allowed to vape openly would be the cat's meow, so to speak...

    Jag :vapor:
  10. reverendg

    reverendg Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2010
    washington USA
    I ended up in a hospital last year, when I was fairly new to vape'ing. My doctors and all of the nurses were fine with my vape'ing, and there were a lot of questions and curious people. So be prepared to be a demonstration for the staff to see.
    The only time they had an issue with me vape'ing was when they had to give me a roommate on oxygen . The told me that I could sit on the bench in the hallway just outside my room, but they couldn't take any chances around oxygen. Hope that helps . Hope you heal quickly.
  11. DEnd

    DEnd Full Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    It would not be allowed in my hospital. Anything that uses resistance heat is not allowed in patient areas (unless of course it is hospital grade equipment), due to the possibility of oxygen leaks. Also use of tobacco products is prohibited there, due to the recent court ruling with the FDA then it would be considered a tobacco product. Also the charging equipment would need to be UL listed, if there isn't a UL tag or stamp then it would not be allowed to be plugged into the hospital power supply (all electrical equipment must be inspected by maintence before being plugged in). That said be sure to talk to your doctor about your vaping at least a day or two before your surgery, as there may be side effects or contraindications for anesthesia (I'm just now learning about anesthesia so I can't tell you for sure). Also if Vaping isn't allowed then the doctor can perscribe you an appropriate nicotine patch. Knowing how much you typically vape and the nicotine content of you juice will give them a better idea (than with smokers) on which patch to perscribe. Do not Vape while you are on the patch. If they tell you that you cannot Vape don't "stealth" vape. Actually knowing some of the side effects of vaping I'd say it isn't a great Idea untill you have good strong bowel sounds, as vaping can lead to diarrhea causing material that is in the process of digestion to loosen and move before peristalsis returns (which is not a good thing). Now there are no studies that I know of to prove or disprove that, but it is a possibility, and until more studies are done I would recommend against it, especially considering the surgery you are about to have.

    All that said talk to your surgeon about it, be sure to mention that diarrhea seems to be a known side effect of vaping in some people, and see what he/she has to say about it. I am by no means an expert, or a medical professional.
  12. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran

    Although diarrhea is a common side effect, it has never been an issue with me. Regular? Yes. Excess? No. That and the fact that I have to stop all solid foods, drink lots of water and take GoLYTELY two days before surgery, I doubt I will have anything "in the process of digestion".

    I will ask my doctor and respect his opinion. If he has sound reasons to stop nicotine I will not vape, or use a patch, gum, inhaler, etc. If it is a "no" for no good reason besides what it looks like, then stealth vaping may commence. My wife can charge batteries each night, so besides having a strange looking wood box in my room, I see no problems.

    Happy vapor trails,
    Jag :vapor:
  13. VprNomi

    VprNomi Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    How is the nicotine delivered by vaping any different than that delivered by a patch aside from the fact that the user controls the amount and frequency by which the drug is delivered with a PV, to best suit their needs? If one is a "tobacco product" because it contains nicotine, then so is the other (using common sense if not by law). I would say if the doc says no vaping but would be ok with ordering nicotine patches, then obviously nicotine isn't the problem and I'd be stealth vaping.

  14. jplanet

    jplanet Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    Hydration is very important to recovery, and vaping is very dehydrating, so remember to drink plenty of water! That's especially important for kidney issues. Also, nicotine constricts blood flow into the kidneys, so if you can reduce your nic, that would not be a bad thing...I'm a caregiver for a kidney transplant recipient, so I got to know a lot about that...

    Now that I read this, I realize I would never be allowed to vape openly in any hospital in NJ, since vaping is banned in public buildings and workplaces here...
  15. pastrybiz

    pastrybiz Full Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Smoking was killing me; my lungs are now clear, more energy and anxiety gone. I'm sorry the NJ legislature is ignorant of the benefits of E cigarettes. How something that is saving lives can be banned is just plain wrong. I vape everywhere except when I feel I would be a source of attention such as a movie theatre or busy restaurant. I have vaped in hospitals no problem. My doctor tells his other patients about my ecig and is glad I no longer get pneumonia. I'm sure glad I live in Texas for a lot of reasons and less regulations for most things are a benefit to my personal freedoms.
  16. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran


    Thanks for your information, if you don't mind me asking, what Hospital did you vape in? I am going to Harris Hospital Downtown in Fort Worth.

    T minus 19 hours 15 minutes. Did the bowel prep yesterday and on clear liquids only today. :(

    I miss coffee, maybe I'll vape some Cappuccino.

  17. Kimbernewbie

    Kimbernewbie Full Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    :2cool:My neighbor that I intoduced to vaping had a back sugery and graph in Texas, and she used her pv, starting in the post op recovery room. If anyone came in and saw a cloud she had prepared a little package of info about e-cigs to pop out. No one asked to see it, when someone came in she said "nothings burning", and they allowed it.
  18. merlin440

    merlin440 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2010
    Yep, just left the hospital 5 days in, 3 days on oxygen, mind you I didnt grab it while a nurse or doc was in the room unless they asked for a demo, but i left it on my rollar table and everyone asked about it.

    it honestly was great only because the last time i was in the hospital you could smoke in the little waiting areas on each floor and if you were bedridden no one questioned it if you smoked at bed.
  19. throatkick

    throatkick Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2010
    Just saw the date and it seems you will be admitted today. Just writing to say hope it all goes well.
  20. Jaguar G

    Jaguar G Super Member ECF Veteran

    Made it out alive. I did vape, but not too much.

    Mostly because I felt like hell and didn't really want to. When I did feel like vaping I did, just not in front of the staff. Don't ask don't tell? Left my PV out the whole time and saw some of the nurses look at it, but no one asked.

    All will be find in due time. Thanks for the support,
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