Sept. 5 - 9, 2011

Three UNC nurses reflect on experience helping 9/11 victims
News 14 Carolina
Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, three UNC nurses are reflecting on their contributions after the tragedy. A few weeks after 9/11, three UNC Burn Center nurses went to New York City as FEMA volunteers to help those injured. The trio stayed for about two weeks and nursed those burned in the attacks. The feeling of being at the World Trade Center weeks after 9/11 will never leave UNC Nurses Mary Kessler, Anita Fields or Ernest Grant. 

Study faults care at Fayetteville dialysis clinics
The Fayetteville Observer
...While the center factors age and poor health into its data, experts are not always able to capture all the illnesses and problems associated with a patient's health, said Dr. Abhi Kshirsagar, a nephrologist with the UNC Kidney Center and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Medical School. "I'll tell you, just from experience, mortality figures are difficult to disentangle," Kshirsagar said.

Employee sues UNC Hospitals, system
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
A woman is suing UNC Hospitals and the UNC system because a male counterpart of hers was earning some 16 percent more money for doing the same job. Natalie Demers and her lawyer, Durham attorney Caitlyn Thomson, allege that hospital administrators failed to credit Demers with having more experience than the man, even after she produced evidence that she did.

Human Factor: Family vows to live for dying boys (Blog)
...Jason Jeffrey, 4, Justin Jay, 2, and along the medical-emotional roller coaster is baby sister Jordan Kenna, 6 months; they now have a life that consists of a series of routine doctor appointments and six-month visits to the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Why UNC Medical Center? This is where the renowned MPS expert Dr. Joseph Muenzer is based. After a long meeting with Dr. Muenzer, he had requested that we bring Jason and Justin down to UNC every six months to evaluate progression or regression of the disease.

Rethinking Aging
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
Dr. Nortin Hadler says the human body has an end date – about 85 years old – and thinking you’re going to live much beyond that is mostly wishful thinking. But the health care industry wants to convince you otherwise, he says. They want you getting heart bypass surgery in your 80s, being treated for cancers that won’t kill you and worrying about a host of problems that aren’t as dangerous as they seem. Host Frank Stasio talks with Hadler, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about his new book "Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society" (UNC Press/2011).

UNC aims to leave no sponges behind
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...Dr. Christopher Rupp, a gastrointestinal surgeon at UNC Hospitals, said the sponges cause chronic pain, bowel obstructions and, in some cases, life-threatening infections. Patients also have to undergo another surgery to remove the sponge, and they sometimes file malpractice suits. Rupp led the study at UNC testing a new system called RF Assure, which is designed to make sure no sponges get left behind.

Hand washing, procedures would save $33B
United Press International
Simple, inexpensive infection control adopted in U.S. hospitals may reduce thousands of preventable deaths and save billions of dollars, a researcher says. Study leader Dr. Bradford D. Harris -- who conducted the research while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and is now a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington -- says one of every 20 U.S. hospital patients has a hospital-acquired infection.

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