January 19 2007 Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

"Never 27" Reporting Goes into Effect July 1

As of July 1, 2007, a new California law (SB 1301) mandates that Department of Health Services (DHS) Facility Reporting Requirements now include the "Never 27" list of diagnosis/reportable events.

Nominations Announced

Nominations for MEC representatives to the Medical Policy Committee have been announced.

Allergy Alert: Gastrografin Contains Iodine

When prescribing a contrast medium for CT or other studies, please evaluate your patient's allergies.


Medical Staff Presents an Inspiring Program

The celebration included a performance by the renowned Agape International Choir.

The air was unusually brisk outside, but inside Cedars-Sinai an overflow crowd warmly celebrated the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 15. The 5th annual holiday celebration in Harvey Morse Auditorium featured Dr. Clayborne Carson, the official biographer of Dr. King, and a special musical tribute by the Agape International Choir.

As part of the "100,000 Lives Saved" campaign, the Medical Staff has adopted use of the "Central Line Bundle" to eliminate Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CABSI).

His heart repaired, Ecuador teen prepares to return home tomorrow

Following successful surgery at Cedars-Sinai to repair his defective heart valve (tricuspid atresia) last November, 15-year-old Jaime Panama-Guzman will return to his home in Ecuador tomorrow.

Jaime is one of several children brought to the medical center from Ecuador for heart surgery following a visit there in October from a team of 30 Cedars-Sinai physicians and nurses.

Michael F. Waters, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed director of the Clinical Stroke Program in the Division of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai.


Lisa B. Cassileth, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon on the Cedars-Sinai medical staff, also participates in the clinical and teaching program at CSMC's Adult Surgical Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center.

Don't Get Angry

Expressing anger may not be good for some women's arteries, according to a new women-only study.

New Books Added to CSMC Medical Library

Many new books and journals have been added to the library collection.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Author Lecture by Leo Gordon, M.D.
Dr. Gordon will present a lecture on "Cut to the Chase: 100 Matrix Pearls for Doctors," based on his book.

Friday, March 16

Women's Health Conference The annual conference will feature more than 30 Cedars-Sinai physicians.

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