Recent study findings suggest that smoking-related diseases have led to blocking of an estimated half a million hospital beds in NSW each year.
The study commissioned by Bureau of Health Information discovered that patients suffering from emphysema and congestive heart failure (CHF), two most common diseases related to smoking, accounted for a stay of more than 500,000 days in hospitals for duration of 12 months between the years 2009 and 2010.
However, reports even suggest that the hospitalization of such patients is avoidable. The only measure to be adopted is proper care at home and also community centers. If these measures are adopted then, the chances of worsening of the condition and thus hospitalization will no more be needed.
Acting CEO Kim Browne said, "Every opportunity that can keep people who can be cared for in other ways out of hospital means that there's more availability of hospital beds for people who really need them".
It has been emphasized that cigarettes have termed as the major cause of emphysema, which is subjected to be a leading cause behind majority of Australian population. Further, it has been explained that emphysema is caused due to destruction of lung tissue. CHF has been subjected to be a condition, under which the heart is not able to pump blood to body organs.