January 26 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Feedback Form Now Links to Imaging Department

Physicians have asked for an easy way to raise questions about Imaging interpretations. To make this as easy as possible, a direct link to Imaging has been created on the MD Feedback screen on Web/VS.

Disclosing Unanticipated Medical Outcomes

JCAHO regulations require that physicians disclose medical errors to patients and their families when the errors result in unanticipated medical outcomes.

There is no Pharmacy update this week.



Priority #1 is Preventing Transmission

Across the country, including here in Los Angeles, hospitals and nursing homes are dealing with challenges from multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDRO's), including Acinetobacter baumannii.

Acinetobacter Baumannii (pictured at right) is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics and can survive on the skin for several days.

Cedars-Sinai, too, is observing an increase in critically ill patients who have MDR-AB. Preventing transmission of these antibiotic-resistant organisms to non-infected patients is a high priority for the medical staff and the medical center.

Steps being taken include:

Bioethics Expert Offers Tips on Preventing & Resolving Conflicts Regarding Patient Care

January's Bioethics Conference in the Harvey Morse Auditorium explored an important issue facing caregivers -- What is the best way to handle situations when families disagree about patient treatment?

Jeffrey Wilkins, M.D., Receives Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine

Jeffrey N. Wilkins, M.D., received the Lincy Foundation /Andrew Heyward-Amy Moynihan Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine at Cedars-Sinai on Wednesday, Jan. 24.


This week nearly 300 participants in five day-long and two two-hour physician sessions contributed their thoughts and ideas about redefining Cedars-Sinai's clinical care environment in the next five to 10 years.

AHA Honors John Harold, M.D., with Award on April 14

John Harold, M.D., will receive the AHA's prestigious "Passion of the Heart" Award on Saturday, April 14, at the Beverly Wilshire.

Dr. Leo Gordon Book Lecture: Wednesday, Feb. 7

Women's Health Conference: Friday, March 16

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