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Coordinated Emergency Response Speeds Care to Heart Attack Patients

An ambitious, coordinated emergency response effort modeled after a program that began at Duke Medicine to speed up heart attack care has now been applied to more than 23,000 patients in regions across the United States – and it appears to have saved lives.

Duke Hospitals Earn Top Performer Status For Third Consecutive Year

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have earned top recognition for outstanding patient care in 2013 from The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S.

Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries

A blocked artery causes a deadly kind of heart attack known as STEMI, and a rapid response to clear the blockage saves lives.

Final test results negative for Ebola in hospitalized patient

The patient who was transported to Duke University Hospital on November 2 with a reported fever and a travel history to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a confirmatory lab test. As a result, the patient is considered to be free of the virus.

Preliminary test results negative for Ebola in hospitalized patient

The patient who was transported to Duke University Hospital on November 2, 2014, with a reported fever and a travel history to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola infection in a preliminary lab screening. Duke was notified of the results of this initial test this morning by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services who performed the test. A confirming test will be run in 72 hours.

Patient being evaluated for potential Ebola virus at Duke University Hospital

As of Sunday evening, November 2, a patient has been admitted to Duke University Hospital for further evaluation and testing for potential Ebola virus infection. We expect to know the results of this test from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services sometime Monday morning. Meanwhile, the patient is being cared for in the same confined, isolated and secured space in which an actual Ebola patient would be treated. The patient is receiving care from a seasoned team of Duke clinical professionals who have completed extensive training to treat such a patient. We have anticipated this possibility for several weeks now and have a plan in place to manage this situation.

Duke University Health System Hospitals Maintain Top Patient Safety Scores

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have earned top scores for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Early Palliative Care Can Cut Hospital Readmissions for Cancer Patients

Doctors at Duke University Hospital have developed a new collaborative model in cancer care that reduced the rates at which patients were sent to intensive care or readmitted to the hospital after discharge.

Duke’s Dan Blazer Receives Distinguished Service Medal From IOM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) honored Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., the J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine, with the Walsh McDermott Medal for distinguished service over an extended period.

Klotman Named to Institute of Medicine

Mary E. Klotman, M.D., chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). Klotman is an expert in infectious diseases and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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