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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.

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New Guidelines Aim to Increase Quality of Inpatient Progress Notes

A task force commissioned last year by Cedars-Sinai's Health Information Committee to improve the inpatient progress notes physicians enter into CS-Link™ has created evidence-based guidelines defining best practices. "Today we're seeing (progress notes) not only as a way of communication, but as a legal document and paperwork for billing and coding," said Joe Kim, MD, chair of the task force.

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CS-Link Tip: Routing Charts to Colleagues

This week's CS-Link™ tip comes from Neil Goldberg, MD. The InBasket has many folders, and it can be difficult to know which folder has top priority. When routing charts to colleagues for review, it is best to do so by using the Level of Service and Follow-Up section.

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Acetaminophen Associated With Risk of Serious Skin Reactions

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified healthcare professionals and patients that the pain reliever acetaminophen has been associated with a risk of rare but serious skin reactions. The skin reactions — known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis — can be fatal. These reactions can occur with first-time use of acetaminophen or at any time while it is being taken.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 105 people in July. 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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Center Strutters Gives Participants a Safe Place to Walk

Need a safe place for your patients to walk and exercise? Consider referring them to the Center Strutters "Walk for Fitness" Program.

 

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Comforting Connection

iPads® Help New Moms Connect With Their Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

For newborns in Cedars-Sinai's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, nurses Yvonne Kidder and Julius Caceres' innovative plan for using a familiar technology has brought the babies the most comforting sound they can hear: their mothers' voices.

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