Lighting Up Brings Patients Down in Colorectal Surgery
A study in the Annals of Surgery found that smoking boosts the risk of complications like infection and pneumonia after some of the most common colorectal procedures, such as surgery for colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. Lead author Fergal J. Fleming, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, says this is the first large study to focus specifically on the effects of smoking after colorectal surgery. In this video, Fleming discusses the findings and what they mean for patients and physicians. You can read more about the study here.
The study is the fruit of a research venture at the Medical Center known as the Surgical Health Outcomes & Research Enterprise, or SHORE, which aims to identify effective ways to organize, manage, finance and deliver quality care while reducing medical errors, controlling costs and improving patient safety.
Emily Boynton |