June 26 2009 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

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New requirements for medical record entries

Effective immediately, physicians who work with Allied Health Professionals (AHP) are no longer required to co-sign the AHP entries in the patient's medical record. Please note, however, that while the patient is in the hospital, physicians must continue to see the patient every day and must sign, date and time their own medical record entries every day.

Make your diagnosis

History: A 22-year-old female with intermittent RLQ pain for one month and severe RLQ pain for one day.

Below, a CT image of the abdomen.

Monitoring patients on methadone

A government-sponsored panel recently published recommendations regarding the monitoring of QTc in patients receiving methadone.


Medical Genetics Institute launches world's first screening program


Dr. David L. Rimoin, director of the Medical Genetics Institute, right, administers a saliva test to screen for four disorders that are common among Persian Jews.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute will be the first in the world to offer screening to identify four common disorders in the Persian Jewish population. The IRB-approved pilot program begins July 1.

Guidelines address MRSA infection screening

A new system for screening patients who are at high risk for MRSA will improve treatment options and prevent potential complications that stem from such infections.

Reactor shutdown causes isotope shortage

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center has been working around the worldwide shortage of Technetium-99. Full diagnostic studies in Nuclear Medicine are ongoing.

How to view trended results

Trending a specific result can be done in a flow sheet or by clicking a hot-linked result in the Recent Results view. Once selected, all of the values for that particular test will display in chronological order.


Easier-to-use version of MIDAS launches July 1

MIDAS, the system used to document patient-care events such as medication errors, will be upgraded on Wednesday, July 1.

Changes to Paging System Start July 1

'Smart Speech' option coming soon

Upgrades to the paging system will begin Wednesday, July 1, when the initial system switch occurs. At that time, the only changes users might notice are differences in the voice prompts for entering pages.


BAV patients' relatives should be screened

Nearly a third of first-degree relatives of patients with a bicuspid aortic valve are likely to have enlarged aortas, according to a new study by Kirsten Tolstrup, M.D., assistant director of the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Sand N' Snore - July 17

Rehabilitation Topics in the Management of Brain Injuries - Sept. 12

10th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference - Sept. 25

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