Vanessa Thornton, Clinical Head Emergency Care spoke about an audit, to determine the impact of the ABC smokefree intervention in emergency care by assessing the number of quit attempts occurring after an emergency care presentation and the success rate of those attempts. An audit of patients receiving the Smokefree ABC’s during their emergency care presentation was undertaken. Vanessa presented the results that showed that 79% of patients who received the Smokefree intervention while in emergency care went on to change their smoking behaviour. 26 of the 51 were Smokefree four weeks after their presentation and 14 were still Smokefree after 3 months.
Vanessa said that the audit was small and lacked controls but patients recall receiving the Smokefree intervention indicating that patients are listening and are making changes after receiving this advice.
Selwyn Lilley a member of the public spoke about his journey of becoming Smokefree. Selwyn said he had problems with breathing was admitted to hospital and found that he had suffered a mild heart attack. Selwyn had to have an operation to unblock one of his arteries. After being released from hospital with the support of the Smokefree team, he gave up the cigarettes in exchange to stay healthy. Selwyn said “I can taste my food, really enjoy my food and go for a walk without having to stop for a break.” After being a smoker for 36 years Selwyn is now 104 days Smokefree. Selwyn is not only making changes to better his life but is a role model to his friends and others around him. Successfully encouraging four friends to follow in his footsteps of becoming healthy by starting the Smokefree journey.
Vicky from the Smokefree team awarded departments for their achievements in the Smokefree health target. A plaque was awarded to the Assessment Labour and Birthing Unit for the highest number of Referrals for Smokefree Support. Emergency Care was awarded the highest number of Smokefree Trained Staff. Ward 34E was awarded Consistent Smokefree Best Practice. Tiaho Mai was awarded with the most Supportive Smokefree Environment. The last award was for Extending Smokefree Support presented to Kidz First. The aim of the Smokefree team is to present these awards every year.
Staff left the celebration with full tummies and a sense of self-importance after hearing about the difference their support is making to people in our community who have become Smokefree.