United in Safety

United in Safety graphicAt Duke Regional Hospital, safety is always our priority. Every day members of your care team—from nurses and physicians to environmental and foodservice staff—work together to provide a safe environment for healing.

We need your help, too. Our patients and their loved ones play important roles in preventing harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list 10 ways to be a safe patient including

  • Speak up. Talk with your care givers if you have questions about your care, such as what medications you need to take and how often.
  • Wash your hands often. Hand hygiene can prevent the spread of germs and illness. If you do not see members of your care team wash their hands, ask them to do so.
  • Be careful with medications. Follow the directions provided by your care givers. To avoid harmful drug interactions, tell your physician about all the medicines you take.
  • Make sure your immunizations and vaccinations are up to date.

Do you know what kind of patient you are? Take the Smart Patient Quiz to find out and learn ways you can be a smarter, safer patient.

Remember: You are an important member of your care team, and you have an critical role in preventing harm. Today—and every day—we are “united in safety.”

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

GettyImages_460518745Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  • Get plenty of physical activity
  • Eat healthy

For more information, click here.

Junior Volunteer Program Now Accepting Applications

IMG_3486Each summer Duke Regional’s Junior Volunteer program offers teens 15-18 years of age the chance to make a difference in their community.

This eight-week program is great for high school students who are considering a career in health care. Volunteers will regularly interact with health care professionals and perform projects that assist Duke Regional with offering the very best care to our patients, their loved ones and each other. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information about the Junior Volunteer program, click here.

We are grateful to our dedicated family of volunteers. We couldn’t provide the quality of services we do without their help.

How We Respond to Severe Weather

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Hospitals are open 24/7, 365. That means everyone—from physicians and nurses to cleaning, facilities and foodservice staff–works to make sure patients receive the care they need no matter if it is a holiday or a time of severe weather.

When winter weather hits, like it did this week, Duke Regional proactively takes steps to prepare. Using a team approach, departments across the hospital come together to ensure patients and their loved ones received the very best care. From salting the walkways and parking lots on campus to coordinating sleeping arrangements for staff unable to travel home, safety is the priority. Meals were delivered, rooms continued to be cleaned and the hospital carried on as usual, despite the ice and frigid temperatures.

We hope you never need to be in the hospital during a winter storm, but know Duke Regional is here for you and your loved ones no matter what.

Do You Know Hands-Only CPR?

February is American Heart Month and a good time to make sure you know what to do if you see someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Do you know how to perform hands-only CPR? If not, watch the video below to learn the two simple steps. According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR is just as effective on adults and teens as conventional CPR, which uses rescue breathing to add oxygen back into the bloodstream. Learn how easy it can be to help save a life.

 

Register as a Donor

162412065February is Black History Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the need to register more donors in the African-American community.

  • There are 3,301 North Carolinians on the transplant waiting list as of January 27, 2015. Of those, 1,675 are African-American.
  • There are 2,852 North Carolinians waiting for a kidney transplant. Over 1,500 of them are African-American.
  • While 51 percent of all license and ID card holders are registered as donors in North Carolina, only 37.3 percent of African-Americans driver’s license and ID card holders are registered.

Please talk to your loved ones about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Click here to learn more.