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

History and Physical (H&P) Compliance Plan Approved

A patient's history and physical (H&P) examination must be dictated or written within 24 hours of admission. In an effort to ensure 100 percent compliance, the MEC approved a plan on February 4 to begin daily monitoring of patient charts for H&Ps within 24 hours of admission or before surgery.

FDA Issues Safety Report on Antiepileptic Drugs

The FDA has informed healthcare professionals that the agency has analyzed reports of suicidality (suicidal behavior or ideation) from placebo-controlled clinical studies of 11 drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as psychiatric disorders, and other conditions.


Cedars-Sinai is the first medical center in California to use a new clot-retrieval device for patients with acute stroke. The catheter-delivered Penumbra System received FDA approval in late December 2007 and has been available at Cedars-Sinai since mid-January. Illustration of Penumbra catheter suctioning clot out of a blocked brain artery

Dee Dee Klute Evans, R.N., who currently serves as a service line director, has announced she will be joining Hospital Epidemiology as a Nurse Epidemiologist, effective March 17.

Procedure Center Reports Now Available

Reports from the Procedure Center are now viewable in Web/VS in PDF format. If a patient has a recent Procedure Report, a link to the report will be displayed in the "Recent Results" listing that is displayed by default after a patient is selected. You must have Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your system to view the report.


Research Corner

Applications Now Accepted for New Graduate Program

Cedars-Sinai now offers a graduate program that confers a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine. Deadline for application for the inaugural class in fall 2008 is March 3. Click here to visit the website for more information and application forms.

Save the Date

Diabetes Conference Presented February 12

The Department of Medicine will present an Interdisciplinary Diabetes Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conf. Room A. Moderator is Philip Barnett, M.D., director of the Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center, and guest David Moyer, M.D., will discuss "Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy."

Bioethics Conference on Risky Patients: February 20

Symposium on Rheumatic Diseases: March 8

IBD Hot Topics: March 29

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