April 6 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

The 5th Floor OR is up and running smoothly under the leadership of charge nurse Donna Aiello, CN IV. As a result, the main Cedars-Sinai OR now has several rooms available almost every day with non-blocked booked time, according to Tom Webb, M.D., Medical Director of Operations.

New Policy for Gadolinium Based Contrast Media

To ensure the safety and uniformity of care for patients with moderate to significant renal disease who are to receive gadolinium, the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) has approved a new policy and consent form, "Administration of Gadolinium Based Contrast Media in Patients with Moderate to Significant Renal Disease."

IBS Drug Zelnorm is Withdrawn from Market

Novartis has agreed to discontinue marketing Zelnorm, a drug used for the short-term treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and for patients younger than 65 years of age with chronic constipation.



CSMC Physicians Prepare for Medical Mission to Assist Needy in Guatemala

On April 14, a group of Cedars-Sinai physicians will join other medical center staff on a medical mission to Guatemala, where they will provide surgical and general care assistance in Solola.

It's the Gomers vs. the Blues in Physician Game

Physicians are invited to bring family and friends to support their fellow athletes on Sunday, May 20, as the Attending Staff Gomers take on the Housestaff Blues at their 5th Annual basketball game.

Nicola D'Attellis, M.D., has been named medical director of the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU).

Leo A. Gordon, M.D., FACS, delivered the annual Harold M. Clarke Lectureship in Medical Education at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Hanlin Wang, M.D., Ph.D., will join CSMC on June 1 as director of Gastrointestinal Pathology and the Gastrointestinal Pathology fellowship program.


CHF Discharge Medication Compliance Hits 70 Percent

CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) Discharge Medication Compliance reached 70 percent in February 2007, representing a significant increase from this time last year when the compliance rate was only 30 to 40 percent. Congratulations and thanks to our 70-plus physicians who are compliant with the CHF Discharge Medication Core Measure.

Research Corner

There is no Research Corner this week.


Great Debates in Clinical Surgery - April 12

Holocaust Remembrance Day Program - April 13

AHA Awards Gala Honoring John Harold, M.D. - April 14

The Bioethics Noon Conference - April 25


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