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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Dec. 14, 2012 issue | Archived Issues

Physician news

Stanley C. Jordan, MD, selected for Outstanding Investigator Award

Beth Y. Karlan, MD, appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

Sarah Kilpatrick, MD, PhD, to serve as associate dean of Faculty Development

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Zofran 32 mg, single IV dose no longer marketed

Pharmacy focus

The 32 mg, single intravenous dose of the anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron hydrochloride) will no longer be marketed because of the potential for serious cardiac risks, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Meetings and events


Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - December 2012

Outside H&Ps must be typed (or dictated)

Physicians have a reputation for bad handwriting. But when no one at Cedars-Sinai can read an outside doctor's handwriting, caring for the patient becomes a medical nightmare. As a way to improve patient care, the Medical Executive Committee recently changed the medical center's policy regarding outside H&Ps. Although Cedars-Sinai will continue to accept outside H&Ps, it will no longer accept outside H&Ps that are not typed or dictated (using the Cedars-Sinai dictating system).

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Watch for monthly CS-Link improvements

Hopefully, you've noticed a number of improvements that were recently made to CS-Link™. For more details about each change, including screen shots, go to www.cslinkcentral.org and click on the System Enhancements tab. To view the changes, you will need to log in with your Cedars-Sinai username and password.

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'Tr0ub4d0r_96' works, '12345' doesn't - you may need a new password

Many members of the medical staff may soon need to change their passwords to access Cedars-Sinai computer systems. EIS staff will be contacting members whose passwords don't meet security standards and helping them choose new ones.

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Cedars-Sinai among first in U.S. to earn Comprehensive Stroke Center certification

Cedars-Sinai is one of the first five medical centers in the nation and the first in Los Angeles County to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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Braunstein's legacy: world-renowned Department of Medicine

In 1986, Cedars-Sinai was home to a modestly sized Department of Medicine with good cardiology and pulmonary programs, and a smattering of other budding specialties. Over the subsequent 26 years, under the leadership of Glenn D. Braunstein, MD, the department developed into a nationally recognized leader in patient care, education and research.


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New practices reduce surgical site infections after colorectal surgery

Surgical teams at Cedars-Sinai have reduced surgical site infections by more than 60 percent for patients who undergo colorectal procedures by introducing evidence-based protocols that are easy to follow and relatively low in cost.

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Update: Barium is now available

Bracco Medical, the North American supplier, has been able to restart production of its barium products. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center is now able to schedule your studies.

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2012 run for her raises record funds

More than 1,300 Cedars-Sinai employees, their relatives and friends registered for the 8th annual run for her® 5k run and friendship walk. The event benefits the Cedars-Sinai's Women's Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Supporters locally and from around the globe raised $853,179 – and still counting – for ovarian cancer research and awareness.

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Circle of Friends honorees for November

The Circle of Friends program honored 137 people in November. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

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Spend a night in the museum

Medical staff members and their families are invited to "An Overnight at the Museum," a dinner and sleepover adventure at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Friday, Feb. 8. Participants will eat dinner among the animals of the African savannah, visit the new Dinosaur Hall, and sleep among the mammals of North America. Events include a scavenger hunt for kids.

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Ideas sought for Great Debates topic

The Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition committee is soliciting suggestions for a topic for this annual spring event. The debate will convene for its 10th year at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, in ECC A-C.

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Transplant patient to highlight need for organ donation at Rose Parade

Kevin Riepl arrived at Cedars-Sinai in October 2010, suffering from sudden heart failure that left him fighting for his life. Surgeons swiftly installed a heart pump and later transplanted a new heart, saving his life and turning him into an unexpected ambassador for organ donation. Now the 38-year-old Winnetka man is preparing to represent Cedars-Sinai's Comprehensive Transplant Center on the 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

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