January 9 2009 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
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Regulations authorize fines for confidentiality breaches

Two new California laws put a serious price tag on unauthorized access to patient records. SB-541 and AB-211 became effective Jan. 1.

New forms available on Intranet

Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program has updated the order sets to reflect the new guidelines from the American Heart Association and The Joint Commission requirements.

Physicians can order by writing 'warfarin PGX'

 Cedars-Sinai now offers a test to evaluate patients' genetic makeup for sensitivity to the anticoagulant warfarin. 

FDA investigating skin reactions, kidney injury

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of potential skin reactions among Asians to phenytoin therapy in foreign hospitals and of acute phosphate nephropathy with the use of oral sodium phosphate products for bowel cleansing as documented in U.S. medical journals.


Dual displays document history of medicine

Dr. Geller's collection of prints that document the history of medicine is displayed in the Pathology Department on 8 South.

What do you do when you run out of space to display your artwork? Just ask Stephen A. Geller, M.D., who faced that dilemma when his new office walls would hold only a portion of his collection of prints documenting the history of medicine.

"I used to have the collection in my office when I was chairman," said Dr. Geller, chairman emeritus of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. "Since I didn't have enough office space here, and I liked seeing them, I convinced the arts council to give me another wall."

Printed list serves as prescription

By Keith L. Klein, M.D.

An exciting new development is taking place at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that will save you time. It is the Discharge Medication List, and its utility expands as the complexity of the number of medications increases per patient discharge. The feature will be available to all physicians starting Monday, Jan. 19.

Using 'Delivery on Demand'

Delivery on Demand provides users the capability to forward reports directly from Web/VS via e-mail, fax or remote printing without having to log out or manually print the report.

Click below to learn the steps for generating a report for Delivery on Demand.


Sam S. Torbati, M.D., was named associate medical director for the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department.

James S. Forrester, M.D., will receive the American College of Cardiology 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.


AHA seeks nationwide standardization

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will change the colors of patient alert wristbands starting March 1, 2009.

This change is part of an effort initiated by the American Hospital Association to standardize the band colors and their meanings among all U.S. hospitals.


David Cossman, M.D., Presentation on Military Surgery - Jan. 14

A Lecture and Screening on the Life and Legacy of Leonard Bernstein - Jan. 14

The Many Faces of Culture: Challenges for Clinical Ethics - Jan. 21

16th International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy - Jan. 23-25


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