January 11 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Physicians Can Access Online Resource Now through February 29

The American College of Cardiology's online product "Cardiosource Plus for Institutions" is now available on a trial basis to all Cedars-Sinai faculty, attending, trainees, nurses and students. The trial is valid through Feb. 29, 2008.

Recommendations for Patients Starting Carbamazepine Therapy

The FDA has informed healthcare professionals that dangerous or even fatal skin reactions (Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis), that can be caused by carbamazepine therapy, are significantly more common in patients with a particular human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele, HLA-B*1502.


Universal Protocol Safety Tool Rolls Out

(l-r) Yuming Rose Chang, R.N., and Melvin Carrillo, R.N., hold up the stop sign they devised.

Sometimes, a strong visual cue is necessary to grab people's attention -- like holding up a big red stop sign.

That's what was needed to initiate the Universal Protocol -- or so thought Yuming Rose Chang, R.N., GI / Endoscopy, and Melvin Carrillo, R.N., nurse manager in Gastroenterology, who took the initiative to introduce a Rapid Test of Change in the GI lab that is being rolled out housewide beginning this week.

Mac - OS X 10.5 (Leopard) & Safari 3

The capability to download a Digital Certificate with Mac OS X 10.5 (popularly known as Leopard) and Apple Safari version 3 is now available.

Instructions on how to download a certificate can be found in the online Help section from the Web/VS Login page. The instructions include screenshots of each step using multiple browsers.


By Adrienne Youdim, M.D.

As all of us in the healthcare profession know, obesity has become a major public health problem in the U.S. With over 65 percent of Americans either overweight or obese, it is the second most common cause of preventable death.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration to be Held Monday, Jan. 21

The Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration will be presented by the medical staff and medical center at 12 p.m. on January 21 in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Bioethics Noon Conference: January 16

Author Lecture by Eli Baron, M.D.: January 23

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