May 2 2008 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Suspensions Go Into Effect May 12 for Telephone Order Non-Compliance

To ensure the highest quality of patient care, physicians must authenticate/sign all telephone/verbal orders within 48 hours at Cedars-Sinai. This timely authentication requirement applies to ALL orders that may or may not include medications.

Maggie Stempson-Carter Award to be Presented at May 9 Ceremony

The 2008 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award will be presented to a very special Cedars-Sinai nurse on May 9 at the Nurses Week awards ceremony. The awards presentation will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Drug Maker Reports Possible Contamination of Enoxaparin

Sanofi-Aventis has reported that the contaminant (oversulfated chondroitin sulfate) found in heparin has now also been identified in some batches of the low-molecular-weight heparin enoxaparin (Lovenox/Clexane). No increase in adverse reactions has been seen with the product.


Submit Your 2008 Pioneer in Medicine

Award Nominations Now through June 9

Which physician's name will go up next on the wall?

Nominations for the 2008 Pioneer in Medicine Award are being accepted now through Monday, June 9. Please note that only attending category members of the medical staff can submit nominations.

PBS to Air Documentary to Raise Awareness

of Physician Depression and Suicide

Physicians are more likely to commit suicide than other professionals and members of the general population of the same age and gender. An upcoming PBS documentary may help shed more light on this important topic for all of us.

The one-hour documentary film, "Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide," will be aired on Los Angeles-area PBS stations KLCS-TV on Monday, May 5, at 10 p.m. and on KCET-TV on Sunday, May 11, at 6 p.m.

Navigating PACS Images

PACS Images can be accessed in Web/VS as follows:

  1. Log into Web/VS and select a patient in the usual way.
  2. Select PACS Images from the "Reports" menu OR click the "PACS" icon displayed to the left of a report title on either the Imaging Reports list or the Recent Results listing.


Patricia (Peachy) Hain, MSN, R.N., has been promoted to director of Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitative Nursing, effective May 11...

Rita Shane, Pharm.D., has received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists...

Path and Lab Medicine Announces New Test

Beginning May 1, a test for Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide IgG Antibody will be performed in the Special Testing division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Click here for a PDF copy of the test announcement in its entirety.


Yom Ha'Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration: May 5

6th Annual Physician Basketball Game: May 18

Women and Ischemic Heart Disease: May 28

The Heart Foundation Gala: June 7


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