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Hospital gives cig-addicted stroke patient nic patches

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by nanovapr, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    This may not be real news, but this is in a ferocious no-smoking city.

    I went to the hospital yesterday to visit an old friend that had a stroke. It was sad because he was a great guitar player, and likely won't play again. He was a seriously addicted cig smoker for probably 40 years.

    What was interesting, was that the hospital issued him nicotine patches as soon as he was admitted. If that is not a silent nod to nicotine at least being sort of acceptable, I don't know what is. It at least shows that they consider 'just nicotine' not to be a major health risk, at a time when his health was very bad. I demonstrated a PV to him in the room, he is very interested in vaping, I'll set him up with something.

    --cross-posting a few places--
     
  2. Jammin

    Jammin Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2010
    Washington DC
    I just posted on another thread about a family member who was hospitalized off and on for at least the past decade for a mental disorder. He was ALWAYS given nic patches when admitted. It seemed commonplace there, as those patients who did not have outdoor priveledges yet (which I think was standard with new patients) were not able to smoke, so they provided the patch to help with withdrawals.

    I don't think the medical community looks down on the patch, to the contrary, they find them very beneficial to patients who smoke.
     
  3. Deblym

    Deblym Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 9, 2012
    Sask
    When someone is admitted where I work they are given the option of a patch, plus gum or an inhaler.... Or just gum or just an inhaler. Most patients choose the inhaler by itself. I think because it is closer to the real thing than the other two. they fo not have the option of going outside to smoke because the entire hospital grounds is smoke free and off property is rather far away.
     
  4. Jammin

    Jammin Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2010
    Washington DC
    Seeing that the relative I mentioned was hospitalized several years ago since the last time, yea I imagine that would be true at the hospital he was in now as well. They probably also have a no smoking policy at this time even outside.

    I know our local regular hospital also has adopted that practice.
     
  5. katann23

    katann23 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 13, 2011
    Greensboro, NC
    When I was in the hospital a few years ago, they gave me the patch and some ativan (I think so I wouldn't kill anyone since nicotine patches are *not* the same as smoking). Seemed like a pretty standard practice there. Of course, I was the dumb one who the moment I was released went and bought a pack of smokes. :p
     
  6. Jammin

    Jammin Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2010
    Washington DC
    BUT, you have been smoke free 85.84 days...sounds like you are a SMART one. :)
     
  7. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    utah
    Well on my last stay in a hospital they did not offer me a patch, and they got a good taste of why maybe they should have. :oops:
     
  8. Toronnah

    Toronnah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2012
    Canada
    Makes sense. Given that a stroke victim has already suffered a serious physical trauma, the last thing the patient needs is the trauma of nicotine withdrawl.
     
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