March 21 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Close Encounters of a Different Kind:

the Physician Parking Lot

 By Leon Morgenstern, M.D.

 One venue has remained, for the present at least, as an inviolable substitute for the past haunts where doctors met, talked, exchange grievances, described experiences, boasted triumphs and bemoaned failures. That new venue is the doctors' parking lot. 


Physicians Must Note Date AND Time on Medical Records

 Due to new federal regulations regarding entries to patient medical records, it is important to remember that all entries must be signed, dated AND timed. 

FDA Issues Advisory on Correct Use of Spiriva® and Foradil® Inhalers

The FDA has informed healthcare professionals and consumers of the correct way to use Spiriva (tiotropium bromide, Boehringer Ingelheim) and Foradil (formoterol fumarate, Schering Plough) inhalation powder capsules. The FDA and the National Poison Control Center have received many reports of patients swallowing Spiriva and Foradil capsules rather than placing the capsules in the inhalation devices. 



Debate is Set for April 3 in the ECC

 The opponents have been selected and the battlefield is set. 

 On April 3, medical residents Joubin Gabbay, M.D., and Anjun Grewal, M.D., will face off in the Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Surgery V resident competition. This year's topic is: "Are Patient Safety and Compliance Efforts Effective?" 

 A scene from last year's Great Debate 

Cedars-Sinai medical residents in the Department of Medicine raised more than $30,000 at their "Handle With Care" fundraising event on March 9 to benefit HIV/AIDS clinics in Kenya. Proceeds from the event will go to AMPATH (Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV), which operates as part of the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership.


Call Schedules in Web/VS

 Call Schedules are grouped into categories that are accessible on the Patient Care Team List page in Web/VS. The following categories are hyperlinked to the following call schedules: 

  1.  Med Faculty
  2.  Med Housestaff
  3.  ISP Hospitalists
  4.  SCCT
  5.  Surgery
  6.  OB/Gyn
  7.  NICU



Nominations Close April 18

 Is there a special nurse you would like to acknowledge with an award? If so, online nominations for the 2008 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award for eligible nurses are now being accepted. 


 This month's S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center case was submitted by Sun J. Young, M.D., and Peter Julien, M.D.


Easter Sunday Services - March 23

Tour of Broad Contemporary Art Museum - May 14


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