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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Jan. 4, 2013 | Archived Issues

FDA warnings on Pradaxa, Incivek

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently warned that the blood thinner Pradaxa should not be used to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients with mechanical heart valves. The agency also has received reports of serious skin reactions, some fatal, in patients taking the hepatitis C drug Incivek (telaprevir) in combination with the drugs peginterferon alfa and ribavirin (Incivek combination treatment).

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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.

Medical Staff CME Newsletter - January 2013 (PDF)

Patient whiteboards see red ... and yellow and green

Cedars-Sinai is rolling out newly redesigned patient room whiteboards with color-coded sections designed to enhance patient care and help improve patient satisfaction. The boards currently are being installed in patient rooms across the medical center.



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New pre-procedure testing guidelines

In continuing to prepare for the future of care delivery, it is clear that Cedars-Sinai must provide a cost-effective, evidence-based evaluation of its patients. An area of significant opportunity is pre-procedural testing in elective, stable patients. Unnecessary testing not only adds costs, but potentially leads to additional risk as abnormal, but clinically insignificant, results are further investigated. A second, and more pervasive, concern is that a procedure will be canceled unless a battery of tests is accomplished.

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Leon Morgenstern, MD: 1919-2012

Leon Morgenstern, MD, a beloved colleague and the founding director of surgery for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, died Dec. 23 at his home in Malibu at age 93. A surgeon, scholar, humanist, medical researcher and prolific author, he remained active after his retirement and was working in his Cedars-Sinai office as recently as Dec. 21.

Services will be private but Cedars-Sinai is planning a memorial in his honor.

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Passionate about safety?

Apply to serve on the Patient Safety Committee by Jan. 18

Applications are being sought for the new Patient Safety Committee that will be responsible for establishing annual priorities and organizing initiatives to prevent safety issues, eliminate repeat events and develop and maintain a culture of safety at Cedars-Sinai.

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Cedars-Sinai team expands mission in China

In November 2011, when a pediatric surgery team from Cedars-Sinai traveled to Maria's Big House of Hope, an orphanage in Louyang, China, the focus of the mission was on the children. The future looked bleak for the infants and toddlers, born with anorectal malformations in a culture that believes such birth defects bring a family bad luck. They had all been abandoned by their parents within days of their birth. Last year, following up on the success of that mission, in which 11 children had operations and several were adopted, the Cedars-Sinai team returned to Louyang.

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New chromosome analysis will aid prenatal diagnosis

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has begun offering a prenatal chromosomal microarray analysis. This new test will assist clinicians in identifying genomic chromosomal disorders with greater sensitivity than the traditional karyotype analysis. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the advantages of chromosomal microarrays versus karyotyping for prenatal diagnosis.

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Spend a night in the museum on Feb. 8

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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Star of David will be covered for painting

Crews will cover the Star of David this week as they paint the metal panels on the exterior of the east side of the Professional Tower. The star will be covered Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5, for painting of the panels adjacent to it.

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