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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Aug. 16, 2013 | Archived Issues

Chris Ng Nominated for Chief of Staff; MEC Approves Form for Patients Refusing Treatment

Christopher Ng, MD, has been nominated to be the 2014 chief of staff, and Peggy Miles, MD, has been nominated for vice chief of staff, the nominating committee reported at the Medical Executive Committee's meeting Aug. 5.

The MEC approved the nominating committee's recommendations.

Ng is currently vice chief of staff, and Miles is medical staff secretary.

Also at the MEC meeting, a new form was approved to help patients understand the risk they are taking if they refuse nursing measures, safety measures or medical treatment ordered by their physician. These include:

  • Measures to prevent skin breakdown, such as turning side to side every two hours, and padding heels, knees and elbows
  • Measures to prevent fall injury (bed alarm, positioning belt)
  • Measures to prevent blood clots in the leg
  • Patient identification safety measures (color-coded wristbands)
  • Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
  • Blood and blood products (This is separate from the forms signed by patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.)

The new form will not be used until after the patient has been provided education by nursing staff on the measures, the physician is notified that the patient is refusing, and the physician has discussed the measures with the patient and the patient or family continues to refuse.

In addition, 36 new members of the medical staff were noted at the MEC meeting. Click the PDF link below to see their names and specialties.

Morning After Report - August 2013 (PDF)