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Multivitamin and Multi-Trace Metals Injection Shortage Resolved

Pharmacy Focus

Please note that the Pharmacy Department has been able to secure a sufficient amount of both Infuvite Adult Injectable MVIs (this formulation contains small amounts of Vitamin K-150mcg/10ml) and Adult Multi-Trace Metals (MTE-4). Therefore, these shortages are considered to be resolved at this time.  

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How Do White Blood Cells Detect Invaders to Destroy?

Research Corner

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how our bodies fight disease thanks to a discovery made at Cedars-Sinai. Researchers here found how a receptor on the surface of white blood cells can tell when invading fungi pose an immediate infectious threat. The discovery provides insight into how the body's immune system saves energy by not wasting its "ammo" on invaders that aren't as serious.

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IRB Announces Analyst Designations by Division

The Office of Research Compliance and Quality Improvement has changed its process for distributing the workload among the IRB analysts.

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Meetings and Events

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Mandatory Flu Vaccination, CS-Link Training Discussed at Open Forum

Next Forum Set for June 2

Two dozen early risers gathered on Tuesday morning to discuss three controversial proposals that the Medical Executive Committee may soon consider:

  • eight hours of required training for CS-Link™;
  • mandatory flu vaccination;
  • a plan to manage parking in the South Mezzanine doctors’ lot.

Mandatory flu vaccination was hotly debated. Some argued that requiring the vaccine would better protect patients, visitors and staff from acquiring and spreading influenza. On the other hand, there were questions regarding the vaccine’s efficacy and whether or not it was legal to even make such a requirement. The American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association apparently back hospital mandates whereas the California Nurses Association opposes such a mandate.

There were also a number of questions about required training for CS-Link. The proposal, under consideration by MEC, includes eight hours that will be required - broken into two four-hour sessions. The first four hours would be instructor-led. The second session, similar to a lab setting, would be self-paced.

Physician parking was the final topic. The new proposal mandates that Medical Staff who park for more than five hours – between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. – on 10 or more weekdays a month, would lose access to the South Mezzanine lot for 30 days. They would still have access to other parking lots. Although written feedback has been split, only two questions were raised at the open forum:

  1. Why does it cost so much to park in the Medical Office Towers?
  2. Why isn’t there bicycle parking for physicians who want to ride to work?

For those who still have questions, a second open forum will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Auditorium. Snacks will be provided.

You can also e-mail chieffstaff@cshs.org if you’d like to share your opinions outside of the open forums.