August 22 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

MedQuist Server Moved this Weekend; Expect Delays in Report Returns

The MedQuist server will be moved this weekend from the existing CSMC Data Center to the new Data Center in El Segundo. This will result in temporary delays to our transcribed report return from MedQuist.

310 Bldg Surgical Suites Go Filmless on September 8

Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the surgical suites of the 310 Building will be filmless, with PACS images available via Web/VS.

FDA Announcement Regarding Byetta

The FDA has received reports of six cases nationwide of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis in patients taking Byetta -- a medicine given by subcutaneous injection to help treat adults with type 2 diabetes.


Pilot Program Initiated to Expand Routine Admission Screening Cultures Protocol

Cedars-Sinai's Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) Task Force begins rolling out a new MEC-approved program next week that will allow nurses to order admission screening cultures per protocol for MDRO (multi-drug-resistant organisms) in those patients identified as high risk. Previously, routine admission screening cultures were only ordered for ICU admissions. Pediatrics also has had a screening process in place for all NICU and PICU transfers from other facilities.

The eighth annual "Controversies and Advances in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease," which draws heart specialists from around the world, will be held September 4-5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Web/VS Enhancement: Recent Results

We've made some recent changes to the functionality in the "Recent Results" section. Web/VS will now display the last results and reports regardless of how long ago they were reported, if there are no new results or reports in the last few days.


Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards to Know

A Joint Commission survey is expected at Cedars-Sinai in the upcoming weeks. The following information outlines what you should know when asked about new Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards.

Brain Cells Undergo Reorganization and May Engulf Attacking T Cells

When virally infected cells in the brain called astrocytes come in contact with anti-viral T cells of the immune system, they undergo a unique series of changes that dramatically reorganize their shape and function, according to researchers at the Board of Governors Gene Therapeutics Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

Oncology Clinical Debates in Colorectal Cancer: September 3

9th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference: September 26

Lunch Lecture by Robert Klapper, M.D.: October 24

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