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

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.

CME Newsletter - March 2014 (PDF)


Milestones

Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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Flu 'Badge Buddies' Can Be Removed March 31

Thank you for all the efforts this winter season helping keep our patients, visitors and fellow staff safe. Beginning Monday, March 31, the medical center will no longer require the green and orange flu ID badge accessories to be worn. In addition, unvaccinated personnel will no longer have to wear isolation masks.

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CS-Link Raises the Flag on Advance Care Planning

Does your patient have a life expectancy of less than six months? If so, physicians are now required to attempt to have a conversation on advance care planning and end-of-life wishes, and to document the conversations in CS-Link™. A new CS-Link alert will display if a patient diagnosed with a terminal disease or disorder does not have an advance care plan on file.

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New Alert System Sees Small Changes in Vital Signs

MEWS Is Designed to Help Detect Clinical Deterioration More Quickly

A new system designed to identify at-risk patients by detecting subtle changes in vital signs is being evaluated in the Med-Surg units starting this month.

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Recognition for Black, Kim, Shah, Wang

Physician News

A study led by Keith Black, MD, has received a grant from an air quality district; Hyung Lae Kim, MD, led a published study on a cancer vaccine; Prediman K. Shah, MD, has received an award from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography; and Shaomei Wang, MD, PhD, led a published study on possible indicators of Alzheimer's disease.

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CS-Link Tip: Quickly See Patient Classification

To quickly view a patient's hospital classification in CS-Link™, you can add a column called "Class" to his or her "My Patient List."

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Here Is Your Chance to Honor a Deserving Nurse

Online nominations for the 2014 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award for eligible nurses are being accepted now through Friday, April 11.

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MD/RN Survey Ends; Drawing Winners Named

Thanks to all of our physicians who completed the 2014 MD/RN Satisfaction Survey. More than 500 physicians and 1,200 nurses participated in the online survey. As part of the survey, six winners were selected in a drawing, and each will receive a lunch certificate for two at a local restaurant.

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Lab Information System to Close for 90 Minutes

The Cedars-Sinai laboratory information system, Sunquest, will be down for an upgrade on Sunday, April 6, from 1-2:30 a.m. During this 90-minute period, lab results will not be available online. To get lab results during this time, please call Laboratory Customer Services at 310-423-5431 for a verbal report.

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Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate

The Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition committee is soliciting suggestions for a topic for this annual event. The debate will convene for its 11th year on Friday, June 6.


 

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Panel Aims to Ensure Appropriate Cancer Care

Physician Education Part of Mission for Cancer Quality Committee

Since its launch in January 2012, the Cancer Quality Committee has provided leadership and oversight of the quality of clinical care, safety and satisfaction for patients with cancer. After the Dartmouth Atlas Report identified Cedars-Sinai as an outlier in several cancer metrics, the committee's work became more challenging and fell under more public scrutiny.

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Scorpion Venom, Laser Help Illuminate Tumors

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. It uses a synthetic version of a particle found in scorpion venom, along with a laser that makes tumor cells "glow."

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