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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Nov. 30, 2012 | Archived Issues

MEC rule defines the role of 'Attending Physician'

The word "attending" is used a lot around here. You can be an attending on the medical staff. You can be a member of the attending category of the medical staff. And now there’s a specifically defined "Attending Physician." The Medical Executive Committee has made some important changes defining the roles of the Admitting Physician and Attending Physician. This should clarify who made the decision to admit a patient and who is responsible for dealing with problems and with critical test results.

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Now when the ED calls, you will know

Cedars-Sinai has implemented a new Emergency Department Caller ID system so that physicians will know immediately when the ED is calling them for an emergent patient care issue. Now, when the ED calls you on a cellphone, the number (310) 423-2295 will display on the screen. If you program this number into your phone's contact list, it will display both CSMC_ED and the number.

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Got your flu shot yet?

Flu season is officially under way, and all Cedars-Sinai staff members are encouraged to get their flu shots to help protect the health of our patients and keep them from harm. Faculty physicians must either receive or decline their flu vaccination before Dec. 12.

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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. 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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Best practice in COPD and pneumonia: old habits left in the cold

As we enter the winter "respiratory" season, physicians are reminded to follow best practices by discharging pneumonia and COPD patients who have achieved clinical stability. According to the Cedars-Sinai Medicine task forces on pneumonia/COPD, there is limited benefit in keeping patients with community-acquired pneumonia or COPD in the hospital once they've met clinical stability criteria. For pneumonia patients, there is no benefit to "observation" after switching from intravenous to oral antibiotics.

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Ideas sought for Great Debate topic

The Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition committee is soliciting suggestions for a topic for this annual spring event.

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Enhanced Care Program offers nurse practitioner for skilled nursing facility patients

Cedars-Sinai is launching a new program aimed at keeping a closer eye on patients who have transitioned from the acute-care facility into a skilled nursing facility (SNF). As part of the new Enhanced Care Program, a Cedars-Sinai nurse practitioner will be offered to assist attending MDs with the care of their SNF patients.

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Accolades abound for quality care

Cedars-Sinai Medical Group has been honored to receive significant recognition of achievement over the past few months, earning two prestigious statewide distinctions for excellence.

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Circle of Friends honorees for October

The Circle of Friends program honored 139 people in October. 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.

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The house call gets an electronic update

With a new twist to a tried-and-true process, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group has brought back the house call to provide an in-person and virtual care team visit to the homes of patients with complex, high-risk health issues. Patients like Walter Blue, who, in his own words, has "had a tough time of it" since his first surgery last March, although he certainly has maintained a good attitude and sense of humor.

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