January 18 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Do You Know What's Living on Your Stethoscope?

By Debbie Lehman, M.D.

Consistent with the national findings of similar studies, a recent surveillance of frequently touched items (stethoscopes, cell phones, computer keyboards, etc.) conducted at Cedars-Sinai revealed pathogenic bacteria (S. aureus) on physician stethoscopes.

FDA Update on Anemia Drugs (Procrit, Epogen, Aranesp)

The FDA is reviewing new data from two studies that provide further evidence of the risks of anemia drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, or ESAs (marketed as Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp). The studies show that patients with breast or advanced cervical cancers who received ESAs to treat anemia caused by chemotherapy died sooner or had more rapid tumor growth than similar patients who didn't receive the anemia drug.


Cedars-Sinai Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Sixth Annual Event on Jan. 21

Writer/historian Anne C. Bailey, Ph.D. (You Can Make a Difference: the Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is the scheduled guest speaker and singer Niki Haris will provide the musical finale for Cedars-Sinai's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. A boxed lunch is available at 11:30 a.m.

Medical Staff Acknowledges Longtime

Clinical Pharmacist Emmanuel Saltiel

Pictured (l-r): John Harold, M.D., Emmanuel Saltiel, Pharm.D., Keith Klein, M.D.

Numerous medical staff members joined Emmanuel (Manny) Saltiel, Pharm.D., at his January 16 farewell reception, where he was presented with a plaque for his 25-plus years of service as a Chief Clinical Pharmacist at Cedars-Sinai and longtime commitment to the medical staff's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Saltiel became the medical center's first Drug Information Pharmacist in 1988 and quickly established a reputation as a valuable resource to the medical staff. He leaves Cedars-Sinai to join a Southern California consulting firm.



What's New on the Patient Banner in Web/VS

Some additional patient information has been added to the Patient's Banner since we originally started displaying the banner in Web/VS.

History: A nine-year-old male presents with otalgia, fever, neck pain and stiffness for one week. Click here to access the Imaging Case of the Month website and make your diagnosis.

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

Lectureship in Transfusion Medicine: February 1

Caring for Risky Patients: February 20


Share Your Story

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest by clicking on the link below to e-mail the Chief of Staff's office.

E-mail Chief of Staff's Office