deborah212 Posted October 18, 2011 Author Share Posted October 18, 2011 For those of you who work in a hospital, what are the protocols for smoking (both employees and patients)? The first hospital I worked at went completely smoke-free across the campus. Employees were offered free smoking cessation treatment ~6months before this happened, and patients had the usual option of nicotine patch +/- lozenges. Surprisingly, we didn't have much push-back from patients once the change went into effect. The policy was upfront on admission. I've also worked in a location where there's a designated smoking area for employees, and smoking patients semi-frequently leave the floor to do so. This leaves me an uncomfortable medical-legal situation (ie, you're sick enough to require hospitalization, yet you are going outside to smoke even though I've counseled you not to). My bias is towards a hospital wide no-smoking policy but I can understand the hardships for employees. How many hospitals have gone completely smoke-free, and how have you done so? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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