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Physicians Must Have Flu Vaccination to Work in High-Risk Areas

New Policy Goes Into Effect Monday, Feb. 17

The Medical Executive Committee at Cedars-Sinai has approved a revised influenza vaccination policy that prevents medical staff members and allied health professionals from working in designated high-risk areas of the hospital if they have not been vaccinated.

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Take the MD/RN Satisfaction Survey

Collaborative Seeks Input on CS-Link, Patient Safety

This year's MD/RN Collaborative Satisfaction Survey will take place from Feb. 17 through March 7. Visit cedars-sinai.edu/MDRNsurvey to share your opinions. Responses are completely confidential. Laptops will be provided at a meet-and-greet Feb. 17 so physicians can complete the survey on site.

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ICD-10 Awareness Sessions Scheduled

Physicians can learn about the new ICD-10 coding system at information sessions in February and March. The hourlong CME sessions will take place Feb. 18-20 and March 18-20.

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CS-Link Tip: a More Useful Website

To follow up on the Jan. 31 tip, here's more about cslinkcentral.org. It's a website you should have bookmarked. Here you will find tip sheets, links to videos and many more useful pieces of information to get through your life with CS-Link™.

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A First: One Week, Zero Patient Falls

At Meeting, MEC Notes Nursing's Work in Achieving Milestone

Cedars-Sinai experienced zero patient falls for the week of Jan. 18-24, the Medical Executive Committee learned at its meeting Feb. 3. This is the first week in which no patient falls were reported. The MEC acknowledged Nursing for its efforts to eliminate patient falls.

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Adult Patients to Be Screened for Depression

To help patients cope with the depression that often accompanies medical illness, Cedars-Sinai will begin screening adult patients for depression and risk factors for suicidality as part of a new initiative that will launch housewide in March.

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Night at the Museum Takes Place Feb. 28

Medical staff members and their families are invited to A Night at the Museum, a dinner and sleepover at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, on Friday, Feb. 28.

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Port Protectors to Reduce Line Infections

In an effort to eliminate line-associated bloodstream infections at Cedars-Sinai, alcohol-impregnated catheter port protectors (green Curos caps) have been rolled out to all adult inpatient areas. These devices are intended to be used on all unused IV ports, including central lines, peripheral lines and IV tubing.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for January

The Circle of Friends program honored 88 people in January. 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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Award Ceremony Honors Memory of Malaniak

The 2014 Bohdan (Danny) Malaniak Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research was awarded to two Cedars-Sinai scientists in a ceremony that included a tribute to the award's late namesake. More than 120 people attended the standing-room-only event Jan. 29 in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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FDA Issues Summary of Boxed Warning Updates

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a summary of boxed warning updates.

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New Mechanism for Capturing DNAR Data

In mid-December, a new functionality was introduced into CS-Link™ related to entering a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) order.

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Trial Studies Vaccine for Brain Cancer Stem Cells

An early-phase clinical trial of an experimental vaccine that targets cancer stem cells in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive malignant brain tumor, has been launched by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center and Department of Neurology.

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