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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 3, 2010 Issue | Archived Issues

Drug Substitutions Due to Shortages

Pharmacy Focus

Morphine injection nationwide shortage ...

Bumetanide (Bumex®) 1mg/4ml injection shortage ... 

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Inpatient Order Status

Web/VS Tip of the Week

Did you know that you can check the status of an inpatient order in Web/VS? The Orders section can be viewed by individual categories or all categories at once.

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Meetings and Events

High Holiday Services – Sept. 9, 17, 18

Leadership and Life Strategies: A New Mental Diet – Sept. 13

Ethics Noon Conference – Sept. 15

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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Get Creative, Win a Gift Card

The Chief of Staff Advisory Committee is sponsoring a contest for the best acronym that promotes safety at the medical center. First prize is a $200 gift card, second prize is a $100 gift card and third prize is a $50 gift card. Any Cedars-Sinai employee or medical staff member may enter.

Following is a list of safety values proposed by committee:

  1. Safety first - as we strive to achieve healthcare excellence, patient safety is our first consideration.
  2. Shared responsibility– safety is a team endeavor.  
  3. Shared accountability – we are responsible for ourselves and for all team members.
  4. Silence unacceptable – We have a duty to intervene, and to ask questions as the first step.  It’s OK to be uncertain or wrong.
  5. No retribution – no one needs to fear speaking up.  The only acceptable response to being challenged is "thank you."

For example, the acronym CREEP meets all the requirements, but is somewhat negative:  

CREEP:  

  1. Complain whenever you’re upset
  2. Repeat the complaint if people ignore you
  3. Express yourself in a different manner, e.g., become passive-aggressive
  4. Escalate, begin screaming
  5. Punch someone

Here are some early entries, to stimulate your creative juices. Please note that the second and third examples include some values in order to form words. If at all possible, include only behaviors.

CCC:

  1. Communicate – Discuss relevant considerations in an organized manner.  Speak up about any concerns.
  2. Confirm – if there is disagreement, reach consensus with team members.
  3. Consult – if disagreements can’t be resolved, go up the chain of command as appropriate.

SWISS:

  1. Safety first - as we strive to achieve healthcare excellence, patient safety is our first consideration.
  2. Without retribution – Patient safety is non-punitive.
  3. In-flight etiquette – the only acceptable response to being challenged is "thank you".  
  4. Shared responsibility and accountability – safety is a team endeavor.  We are responsible for ourselves and for all team members.
  5. Speak up – We have a duty to intervene, and to ask questions is the first step.  It’s OK to be uncertain or wrong.

STARE:

  1. Safety first
  2. Teamwork – shared responsibility and accountability
  3. Ask questions – Speak Up
  4. Retribution unacceptable
  5. Etiquette – Say Thank You

Send your entries to ChiefOfStaff@cshs.org by Thursday, Sept. 30. The winner will be announced in early October.