Learn how to quit tobacco for good

no smokingDuke Regional joined other Triangle healthcare organizations to become tobacco free July 4, 2007. All tobacco products are prohibited on hospital property, including parking lots and sidewalks. Our commitment to providing a tobacco-free environment ensures the health and well-being of our patients and their loved ones.

On August 1, 2012, Durham County adopted new regulations for smoking in public areas making the City of Durham and Durham County smoke-free. The ordinance affects city and county grounds (including athletic fields, bus stops, parks and playgrounds), public transportation, sidewalks and other public areas.

If you use tobacco, but need help quitting, here are some tips from QuitlineNC.com:

  • Identify reasons you want to quit. Do you want to quit for your family, to improve your health or to take back control of your life? Think about what motivates you.
  • Get support. Success rates are much higher for tobacco users who have support while trying to quit. Identify a family member or friend who can help, or call QuitlineNC (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for support.
  • Set a date. Set a quit date and tell your family, friends and co-workers so they can support you in your attempt to quit using tobacco products.
  • Get rid of the temptation. Remove all tobacco products from your home, car and anywhere else you may want to use them.

For more tips and support in quitting, visit QuitlineNC.com.

Duke Regional Earns an “A” in Patient Safety

Duke Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A”for hospital safety through The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Scores range from A-F to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm including accidents, errors, infections and injuries. It’s also designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

Check out the scores for yourself by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.