How do I figure...

  1. a "pack per year" history on smoking?
    I have a careplan to do and need to insert that my pt is a "recent ex smoker with a ?? pack per year history"?
    HELP! I don't remember!
    Thanks everyone!
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  3. by   Jerico
    Quote from Julielpn
    a "pack per year" history on smoking?
    I have a careplan to do and need to insert that my pt is a "recent ex smoker with a ?? pack per year history"?
    HELP! I don't remember!
    Thanks everyone!

    Uh, I think you may want to say "pack per DAY..." :kiss

    I don't think I could multiply that high!
  4. by   Leda
    Pack year history is defined as an index of risk for cardiac and pulmonary problems. It is calculated by multiplying the number of years of smoking by the number of packs smoked each day.

    Example: 2 packs per day for 20 years, would equal a 40 pack year history.
  5. by   GPatty
    That's what I thought, but I couldn't remember...Thanks Leda!

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