March 6 2009 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

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Stroke Program Receives Gold Performance Award

For the second year in a row, Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program has received the "Get with the Guidelines" Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association.

Physician, de-stress thyself

By Monisha Vasa, M.D.
Physicians face highly specific environmental stressors that include heavy patient loads, long hours, sleep deprivation, dealing with illness, death and demanding patients on a frequent basis, excessive paperwork and litigious practice environments. In addition, physicians often have personality traits that can add to stress, such as perfectionism, compulsivity, an exaggerated sense of responsibility, self doubt and an excessive need for control.

FDA urges testing when prescribing zonisamide

The Food and Drug Administration has announced labeling changes for several drugs and is warning physicians about the risk of some patients treated with zonisamide developing metabolic acidosis.


Revenue Cycle launched March 1

Keith Klein, M.D., (right) discusses the new electronic information system with anesthesiologist Jeffrey Grewal, M.D., at a morning event for physicians.

More than 200 members of the medical staff were treated to breakfast, giveaways and information about CS-Link, Cedars-Sinai's new electronic record system, during the mornings of Feb. 24 and 26.

More than 5,000 Cedars-Sinai employees are now using CS-Link after the Revenue Cycle phase of the project went live March 1. This launch included applications for scheduling, registration, patient placement, census management, hospital billing, and coding and abstracting.

Presentations planned on- and off-campus

Cedars-Sinai leadership will host a series of 30-minute presentations about the national and statewide trends affecting the medical center through March 19.

How to view the QuickLook Display

The "QuickLook" view organizes the latest results on file for the current patient for a variety of common lab tests and also displays an abbreviated version of the current medication list and hourly ICU data (if the patient is in a CareVue unit).


Physicians' perceptions of communication improve

Results of the 2008 MD/RN Satisfaction Survey show significant improvement in physicians' perception of the MD/RN Collaborative and the ease of communication with nursing staff via cell phones.

Women who transition more quickly through menopause are at an increased risk for a higher rate of progression of preclinical atherosclerosis, according to an observational study led by the director of the Women's Heart Center and the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases Symposium - March 14 and 15

A Tribute to the Immortal Luciano Pavarotti - March 16

Ethics Noon Conference - March 18


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