August 8 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

New Requirements Include Reducing Risk of Infections

The Joint Commission recently announced the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals. Major changes include a new requirement to eliminate transfusion errors related to patient misidentification and three new requirements designed to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.

Imaging Case of the Month

History: A 45-year-old woman with persistent left shoulder pain over the last six months.

Empiric Treatment Guidelines for Bacterial Infections

Updated Cedars-Sinai Empiric Treatment Guidelines for common adult bacterial infections have been posted in Web/VS and can be accessed by clicking on "Help" before or after logging into the system. Please click here for a PDF version.


Medical Staff Members Pitch In at Annual Cedars-Sinai Sand 'N Snore Beach Event

About 50 physicians hit the beach to pitch their tents and enjoy a night under the stars at the July 18-19 Sand `N Snore event, a popular annual tradition among the Cedars-Sinai medical staff. Glenn Braunstein, M.D., (center) sets up camp with the help of his grandson, Zane, son, Jeff (in white shirt), and Brent Besson. Observing the action (far right) is Jody Schroeder, wife of Andrew (Drew) Schroeder, M.D., and Tollie Besson (far left).

Roy Artal, M.D., with his son, Jonathan (below)

Web/VS Enhancement -

"Stickiness" of Patient Lists or Search Results

We've made some changes in Web/VS to make it easier for you to look at multiple patients one after another on the same team or unit.

Following is an example of how the "Stickiness" enhancement works...



New Protocol Streamlines Therapy That Makes Kidney Transplants Possible

A new therapy developed at Cedars-Sinai improves transplant rates and outcomes for patients awaiting living- and deceased-donor kidney transplantation, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Medical Student Reception Set for September 11

All members of the medical staff are encouraged to attend the 2nd Annual Arthur I. Johnson, M.D., Medical Student Reception on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The evening includes dinner followed by a program/reception.


Lunch Lecture by Bernard Sarnat, M.D. : September 5

Update in Gastroenterology: September 19-21

9th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference: September 26


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