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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Feb. 28, 2014 | Archived Issues

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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - February 2014


Milestones

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Normal Operations for Flu Precautions Resume

From: Christopher S. Ng, MD, Chief of Staff
Neil Romanoff, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Rekha Murthy, MD, Director, Hospital Epidemiology

Due to the exemplary efforts put forth in the past several weeks, we have seen a significant decline in the number of people with flu-like illness at the medical center, and we have not had any flu-related deaths in the past two weeks. It appears that the peak of the flu season has passed, and this is consistent with a comparable decline in flu activity in our community.

We want to extend our sincere appreciation and congratulations to everyone for your efforts during this challenging flu season. Thank you for helping to keep our patients, staff and colleagues safe!

Based on this internal information and our review of community flu trends, on Feb. 23, we returned to our previous flu control policy level as implemented last fall, consistent with the regulations established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

As a reminder, everyone is still required to wear their green or orange "badge buddy," and anyone who is not vaccinated against the flu will have to continue to wear an isolation mask while working in patient care areas or having direct patient contact.

Although the downward trend in the number of influenza cases is encouraging, let's keep in mind that the flu season is not over, and we need to remain vigilant in our efforts to eliminate the spread of infection. We're asking that patients with respiratory illness continue to wear an isolation mask while outside their room, and visitors who are exhibiting symptoms of a cold or flu-like illness will be asked to either postpone their visit or wear an isolation mask. We are removing the restriction of two visitors at a time and returning to our policy of four visitors allowed at a time in a patient room. Please remind visitors to comply with our hand hygiene and isolation precautions.

Thank you again for all of your help during these past few months and for your continuing assistance in this important patient safety initiative.