Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala University Hospital, will introduce alcohol stop prior to surgery in Orthopaedics and hand surgery. The purpose is to avoid complications and faster recovery for patients. The project will start the 1st of October with those two clinics, the aim is that all operations at the hospital will have preoperational alcohol stop in the future. Akademiska sjukhuset is the third hospital in Sweden introducing such a programme for patients. Skåne University Hospital in Malmö and Visby hospital are already up and running with similar programmes. The hospital will also actively ask patients about alcohol consumption and offer help to lower consumptions for patients with a risk consumption. Read more in Swedish here
Nurses will learn more about smoke-free and alcohol-free surgery in the new Swedish literature: Omvårdnad och kirurgi. Read chapter 6 written by Professor Hanne Tönnesen about tobacco and alcohol as risk factors in surgery.
Swedish medical students will learn more specific about tobacco and treatment as part of Addiction Medicine at Lund University.