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W21C Patient Safety Podcast

This podcast is about patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, and is produced with the support of W21C - a research and innovation centre in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. Please visit and to reach us. Email

Aug 23, 2013

In this episode Dr Chris Pysyk discusses the risks associated with smoking during the peri-operative period, which is before, during, and after surgery.
After listening to this podcast, listener's will be able to:
  • List the "Big 5" complications that smokers are at an increased risk of having after surgery
  • Explain how many smokers are in the "preparation stage" of behaviour change and why this stage of change is so important
  • Reflect on how healthcare providers can influence smokers and list some resources for smoking cessation
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