University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features revolutionary surgeries and flat-screen TV dangers

This week on Studio One, learn how one hospital is bringing state-of-the-art procedures to the Midwest region to help infants. Infant cardiac (heart) surgery is a rare and delicate procedure. Altru Hospital in Grand Forks joins the few hospitals in the region that perform these operations. Durga Panda, a neonatologist, has helped the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) expand by developing a team that provides infant cardiac procedures. “It’s not a one [person] effort, it is a whole team effort … We took about a year to develop and practice the whole thing before we instituted the program,” Panda said. This week he will discuss his specialized team, how the program expanded and how it feels to help children.

Also on the show, learn how families with children should properly place flat-screen televisions. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Products Commission, every year nearly 13,000 children are injured by falling televisions. A child dies every three weeks from these accidents. "We are starting to see a lot of flat-screen TVs and they are very top heavy… they are very likely to tip over on a small child," said Carma Hanson, Safe Kids Grand Forks coordinator. Families can take preventative actions suggested by safety experts to keep televisions as a source of entertainment instead of a cause for concern.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba; and online at

-- Chelsea Hay and Nicholas Johnson, Studio One, 777.4346,

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