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Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Team Recieves Gold Designation

January 25, 2022

Please join us in congratulating the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) team as they received a Gold Designation as a Beacon Unit from the American Association of Critical-Care Nursing! The UNC SICU was one of only 30 ICUs in the nation to receive this recognition. Despite two years of the pandemic and limited resources, the … Read more

North Carolina Cancer Hospital at the UNC Medical Center Receives NAPRC Accreditation

January 25, 2022

North Carolina Cancer Hospital at the UNC Medical Center is the only organization in North Carolina accredited by the Commission on Cancer’s National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer. The story was first posted on UNC Health Newsroom January 20, 2022 North Carolina Cancer Hospital at the UNC Medical Center has received accreditation from the Commission … Read more

Mody Receives K23 Grant From the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

January 3, 2022

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gita Mody for receiving a K23 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for her project entitled “Improving Thoracic Surgical Care using electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes (ePROs)”. The grant is from 1/1/2022-12/31/2026 for a total of $1,010,785.

Jessica Phillips Invited to Participate in the 2022 Emerging Leader Academy

December 17, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Phillips has been recognized as an outstanding team member and leader in our department! As such, she has been invited to participate in the 2022 Emerging Leader Academy. This is a highly selective program designed for individuals who have been identified as outstanding team members with future leadership … Read more

Donation after circulatory death donors in lung transplantation

December 13, 2021

Lead Author: Thomas Egan, MD | Journal of Thoracic Disease

Transplantation of any organ into a recipient requires a donor. Lung transplant has a long history of an inadequate number of suitable donors to meet demand, leading to deaths on the waiting list annually since national data was collected, and strict listing criteria.

The effect of traditional healer intervention prior to allopathic care on pediatric burn mortality in Malawi

December 13, 2021

Lead Author: Jared Gallagher, MD | Journal: Burns

Burn injury is a significant contributor to mortality, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Patients in many communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa use traditional health practitioners for burn care prior to seeking evaluation at an allopathic burn center. The World Health Organization defines a traditional health practitioner as “a person who is recognized by the community where he or she lives as someone competent to provide health care by using plant, animal and mineral substances and other methods based on social, cultural and religious practices based on indigenous knowledge and belief system.” The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of prior traditional health practitioner treatment and assess its effect on burn injury mortality.

Pediatric Burn Infection

December 13, 2021

Lead Author: Felicia N. Williams | Journal: Surgical Infections

Severe burns lead to a profound hypermetabolic, hypercatabolic, hyper-inflammatory state. Pediatric burn patients are at significantly increased risk for infection and sepsis secondary to loss of the skin barrier and subsequent immunosuppression. Infection is the most common cause of morbidity and death in pediatric burn patients, and the mortality rate from sepsis remains high.