Duke Hospital, InterCom
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is always on duty to draw blood after
5 o’clock and three medical students
rotate nighttime duty for emergency
Keeping a constant level of between
250 and 300 pints of blood on hand is
sometimes a job in itself. Open heart
surgery, with the use of its heart-
Inng machine, puts a drain on the
supply as can traumatic injuries.
When asked what they did with blood
that was older than 21 days, the
answ'er was that there is seldom any
left at 21 days. When donors—both
voluntary and professional—do not
keep the supply constant, our Blood
Bank buys blood fi-om other centers
licensed by the National Institutes of
Health. Donors have been helped
greatly in recent years by the coopera
tion among such licensed blood draw
ing centers, particularly the Red Cross
centers, in transshipping blood. A
patient at Duke can now have a rela
tive in California donate a pint of
blood at their local approved center.
This center in turn notifies the center
^^(‘arest Duke (usually Charlotte) to
^^hip a pint of blood to Duke.
This brings up the question of
bookkeeping^—a very complicated
business in the typing of blood. It
is a problem too complicated for the
novice to understand, but we can be
proud that this is another area in
which our bank has contributed great
ly to blood banks all over the world.
We are large enough and well enough
known to have visitors from all over
the world studying our techniques.
Our Blood Bank is active in many
research projects. New and longer
storage methods are being developed:
methods of tagging red cells in vivo
with isotopes are being worked on;
the work in the detection of unusual
antibodies and the treatment and pre
vention of transfusion reactions (now
occurring less than one percent of the
time) continues. Duke is also one of
the few centers working with a high
sj)eed blood fractionator—a machine
that breaks blood down into all of its
parts. In cooperation with Blood
Bank personnel, other departments
make use of the specialized refrigera
tion equipment and work on the pres-
••vation of fresh bone and skin bank-
Z)ltU n ^ T)kat
Eloise Helms, secretary to Ralph
Drake, OPC, a son, Michael Glenn,
Mary Ann and Robert Flemma, as
sistant resident in Surgery, a daugh
ter, Margherita, January 15.
Judy and Pete Robertson, assistant
resident in Surgery, a son, February
Deanna Tilley, secretary to Dr.
Georgiade, a daughter, Andrea, De
Lucy Harms, secretary in the De
partment of Surgery, and James II.
Collins, Jr., March 11, at St. Philip’s
Drucilla Rasberry, secertary in the
Urology Clinic, and Richard Monta
gue, February 14.
Nancy Jean Warner, Physical
Therapy, and Dr. John La.szlo, As
sociate in Medicine, March 4, in
Barbara Kuleszewicz, secretary in
Dr. Kempner’s office, is engaged to
marry Dr. Janies Crane, Duke ’62.
Delaine Wood, secretary in the De
partment of Dietetics, w^as married
February 18 to William Melton of
Roxboro. Mrs. Melton, who has been
at Duke five years, will continue in
her present position.
Katharine R. Jones, Psychiatry,
was married to William Meier, March
31 in Winston-Salem.
Sandra Smith, Record Library, was
married to Ted HufTstetler January
13. They are living in Gastonia.
Julia Polyak, Record Library, was
nmrried to Chesley Burton, Febru
ary 4 in Salisbury. They are living
Gretchen Maulden, Record Library,
was married to Charles Williford,
April 7. They will live in Charleston,
NEW FACES AND OLD
Medical Record Library
Our new secretary is Pat Carver;
new to the Catalogue Department,
Carol Prather; and new to the Filing
Department, Shirley Moore, Sandra
Hatley, Jackie Minton, Charlotte
Hocket, and Mary Knois. Mrs. Knois
has worked in the department before.
Two new secretaries: Mrs. Ellen
Cromwell of Wilmington, N. C., in
Dr. Anderson’s office, and Mrs. Gwen
Lunsford in Dr. Pickrell’s office.
Dr. Fred von Kessel, who finished
his residency in plastic surgery here,
is in practice with Dr. Joseph Kepes
in Rochester, N. Y.
Dr. Thaddius Shearon, new EKT
resident January 1, was a practicing
physician at Carolina Beach. He and
his wife and children live on Prince
The Medical House Staff wives cele
brated the first anniversary of their
organization with a fashion show
March 13. Barbara Tucker (Mrs.
Don) is president of the group, and
Anita McLeod (Mrs. Michael) was
chairman of the show.
Private Medical Laboratory
Mary Elizabeth Whitehead of
Rocky Mount, and formerly employed
at UNC, joined the staff March 5.
Chaplain (Maj.) Thomas A. Harris,
who in 1958 completed special work
with the Duke Department of Psychi
atry and Chaplaincy Service, has
been serving on the faculty of the
Army Chaplains Training School at
Fort Slocum, N. Y. He has recently
completed revising and rewriting the
Department of the Army Pamphlet
(16-61), “The Chaplain’s Ministry
to Hospital Patients.” Released in
January 1962 for the use of Army
Chaplains, a copy of the pamphlet is
on file in the Chaplain’s Office in the
After a mimber of years at home
with a family, Louise Miller Thomas
has returned as Compensation and
Liability Officer. Mrs. Thomas was
formerly employed in the Main Busi
ness Office and was the first Book
keeper at Duke Hospital.
Brenda Linthicum, secretarial in
tern from Lees-McRae College, has
transferred to us from Pediatrics.
Libby Young has transferred from
Medical Records. And Anice Brady