Wednesday, October 09, 2013
UHS launches program to help patients stay tobacco free
UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General
Hospital recently began a new program to help patients stop using
tobacco products. In partnership with the New York State Smokers’ Quit
Line, the two hospitals implemented the “Opt to Quit” program in early
UHS Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Laura Schutt,
RN, MSN, said that, at the time of admission, all hospitalized patients
are now asked about their use of tobacco and their smoking history. If
the patient is a smoker, a case worker visits them during their stay and
offers to connect them with the Smokers’ Quit Line.
can opt out of the program, but obviously our goal is for all smoking
patients to ‘Opt to Quit’,” Ms. Schutt said. “If the patient agrees to
participate, a representative of the Smokers’ Quit Line calls them
within 72 hours of their hospital discharge. They receive a free
starter kit of nicotine patches and telephone counseling with trained
Ms. Schutt said typically the Quit Line counselors continue to make follow-up calls with the patient for up to one year.
also provides individual and group counseling for tobacco cessation by
phone or in person at the UHS Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall. Each Monday evening Laura Schutt hosts a tobacco cessation class at the
center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The classes are free and no
pre-registration is necessary. For more information, call UHS Nurse
Direct at (607) 763-5555 or call Laura Schutt at (607) 763-5091.