Tobacco Withdrawal in CCU Patients

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This project examined the hypothesis that smokers, undergoing forced abstinence from tobacco in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) setting, would have higher anxiety and more withdrawal symptoms than nonsmoking patients. The investigators found that anxiety was not higher in smokers than in nonsmokers, but that smokers did have more psychological withdrawal symptoms on the first day after admission. This article provides the critical care nurse with guidelines to assess patients for nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and offers suggestions for nursing care of these patients.

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