Smokers Are Nearly 40% More Likely Than Nonsmokers to Die After Surgery
Smokers who undergo surgery are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications or to die shortly after surgical procedures, according to a study. The risk of death within 30 days of a wide variety of surgeries was nearly 40% higher in smokers than in nonsmokers, says Alparslan Turan, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic. There was also an increase in cardiovascular complications,” Turan says. In his study comparing more than 82,000 smokers with nonsmoking patients, the smokers were:
- 57% more likely to have cardiac arrest
- 80% more likely to have a heart attack
- 73% more likely to have a stroke
The risk of pneumonia was double [for smokers],” Turan says.The patients had a range of common surgeries, such as colon procedures, breast surgeries, appendix removal, and hysterectomy. Smokers were also more likely to contract infections and to be put on mechanical ventilation after surgery because of complications.
via Smoking Raises Surgery Risks.
Like individuals and families, schools, daycare providers, workplaces, neighborhoods and apartment buildings should all have site-specific emergency plans. Ask about plans at the places where your family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent. If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.
via Workplace Plans | Ready.gov.
You can prevent and control many coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors with lifestyle changes and medicines. Examples of these controllable risk factors include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and overweight and obesity. Only a few risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—can’t be controlled.
To reduce your risk of CHD and heart attack, try to control each risk factor you can. The good news is that many lifestyle changes help control several CHD risk factors at the same time. For example, physical activity may lower your blood pressure, help control diabetes and prediabetes, reduce stress, and help control your weight.
via How To Prevent and Control Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors – NHLBI, NIH.
Are there any specific health and safety concerns related to aging workers?
A few. Most studies say that older workers tend to have fewer accidents, but when an older worker does get injured, their injuries are often more severe. They also may take longer to get better. Plus, the types of injuries can be different. Younger workers tend to get more eye or hand injuries, while older workers who have been working for many years report more back injuries.
via Aging Workers : OSH Answers.
Place all-purpose fire extinguishers in key locations in your home – the kitchen, bedroom and basement. Be sure to check expiration dates regularly and know how to use them safely.
via Home Safety | Home Safety Tips | Home Safety Checklist | Safety at Home.
The HR executive has a vital role in controlling risk. A major component of Risk Management planning is risk avoidance. Many risks can be avoided by controlling and planning the human side of the corporate equation. Succession planning, adequate severance and outplacement, executive coaching and development will ensure that an organization has the means to deal with current and future challenges .
via RISK MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN RESOURCES.
The threat of danger surrounds every person, every day. Challenging employees to look beyond tasks to identify and eliminate hazards before exposure is key to working safely at home and in the workplace.
via Recognizing Hazards Both On and Off the Job | Training content from EHS Today.
Health-care benefits, strategy, the recession, and the boardroom are all reasons why finance chiefs are working more closely with their human-resources managers.
via cfos expand job responsibilities to human resources operations.
Few of us realize how easily — and how quickly — fire can harm our loved ones. Fortunately, there is a simple, affordable way to help prevent this from happening: the smoke alarm.
via The Importance of Smoke Alarms for Your Family | Safety at Home.
What is hazardous energy?
Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.
Control hazardous energy by following Lockout/Tagout procedures.
via Safety and Health Topics | Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout).