1st April 14:15
QUIT SMOKING AND WOUNDS HEAL BETTER
Quit smoking and wounds heal better
The Times of India
Sunday, July 27, 2003
New York (Reuters) - Quitting smoking for as little as 4
weeks can dramatically reduce the odds of wound infection
after surgery, according to a report.
Dr Lars Tue Sorensen and colleagues from Bispebjerg
University Hospital in Copenhagen, studied the healing of
small incisions in 78 volunteers.
Wounds became infected in 12 per cent of smokers,
significantly more than the 2 per cent of never-smokers.
In addition, wounds broke open in 12 per cent of smokers,
while no ruptures were seen among never-smokers.
After 4 weeks, abstinent smokers were significantly less
likely to develop a wound infection than continuous
Just 4 weeks of abstinence from smoking "reduces wound
infections to a level similar to never-smokers,"
Sorensen's team concludes.
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