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Highlights of the Week of August 18th

Highlights of the week:

2000th Duke Lung Transplant Performed

Congratulations to John Haney and team for performing the 2000th lung transplant at Duke last weekend. Haney was assisted in the surgery by R. Patrick Davis, one of our cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residents. This is an extraordinary milestone. Way to go!






Good Catch, Sturdevant!

Thank you to Missy Sturdevant, one of our amazing nurses on 3100, for her good catch! She caught that oxycodone discharge instructions were not correct based on the ordered medication. An investigation revealed that the SMART phrase being used by providers in discharge instructions told patient to take 1-3 tablets every 3 hours as needed (Rx was for 5 mg Oxycodone)! The Good Catch Award was presented on Thursday by Judy Milne, DUH patient safety officer, and Tracy Gosselin, DUH chief nursing and patient care services officer.




Safe Choices Held

Our 12th Safe Choices event was held on Wednesday evening, August 14 in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center. It was an informative evening with excellent discussion. Many thanks to all who joined us as participants and as speakers.  Thanks to the staff, faculty, fellows, and residents that came to the meeting.


Softball Season Opens with a Win!

We are delighted to report that our favorite softball team, Number Needed to Harm, won their season opener against Moore & Van Allen, 12-5. The game was held at Valley Springs Park. NNH is part of the Durham Co-Rec Softball league and captained by cardiology fellow, Michael Nanna. Congratulations, everyone!


Happy Birthday, August Babies!

We have a number of Duke Heart team members celebrating birthdays in August! Happy birthday to Anna Lisa Crowley (8/11), L. Kristin Newby (8/13), Jill Engel (8/15), Magnus Ohman (8/17), and Brian Costa – all celebrating birthdays in the past week. Earlier this month: Dee Gunn (8/1), Dan Mark (8/1), Tracey Koepke (8/1), Chris Walters (8/1), Tracy Wang (8/3), Carl Chmielewski (8/6), Deepak Voora (8/6), and Joe Kisslo (8/10). Coming up: Mike Sketch (8/21), Ken Morris (8/24) and Tristram Bahnson (8/28).We wish you many, many more!


Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

September 22: Triangle Heart Walk.

Check in starts at 12:30 p.m.; the walk is at 2 p.m. at PNC Arena. Have you registered? Please consider joining us. It is not too late to register as a team captain or to join an already formed team (there are several to join as part of Duke Heart as well as all major DUHS entities) – please visit: https://www2.heart.org/site/TR?company_id=209022&fr_id=4327&pg=company

Consider Joining our Heart Center team aimed at partnering to advance cardiovascular health through community engagement (PACE).

Here is the link for the team or search PACE


Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.


Duke Heart in the News:

August 12 — Tony Gutierrez


Can You Laugh to Death?



August 14 — Yuichiro Yano (Family Medicine)

Healio/Cardiology Today

Higher daytime, nighttime BP increases CV, mortality risk in black adults


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