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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - October 2014 (PDF)


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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Major League Medical Scientist Named 'Pioneer'

Targan Earns Medical Staff Award for Transforming the Field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Stephan R. Targan, MD, had two boyhood dreams: to play for the New York Yankees and to become a doctor. Patients worldwide are lucky his talent led him to the field where he would wear a white coat instead of a pinstriped jersey. Targan, who has made paradigm-shifting discoveries in the field of inflammatory bowel disease, was honored with the Pioneer in Medicine Award during the annual meeting of the Cedars-Sinai medical staff on Oct. 20.

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Chief of Staff Award Goes to Epidemiology Director

Rekha Murthy, MD, an infectious disease specialist and medical director of Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai, has been honored with the 2014 Chief of Staff Award for her countless efforts to eliminate hospital-acquired infections and to establish Cedars-Sinai as a national leader in infection control.

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TJC Tidbits: Nursing Communication 'Orders'

Improper use of "Nursing Communications" in CS-Link™ will be a focus of the upcoming survey by the Joint Commission (TJC). Although nursing communications are technically "orders," they do not activate any downstream services, such as pharmacy, radiology, respiratory therapy or food/nutrition. The nurse must then call you to obtain a "real" order, which delays patient care.

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Ebola Preparedness Update

From Chris Ng, MD, Chief of Staff; Rekha Murthy, MD, Director, Epidemiology

We want to keep you informed about our ongoing activities to support the detection and management of any suspected or confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Our objectives remain: enhancing our early detection system, protecting staff so they can safely care for these patients, and ensuring a proactive, coordinated response.

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Video - 'Ebola: Preparing for the Next Case'

Jonathan Grein, MD, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Epidemiology, spoke on "Ebola: Preparing for the Next Case" at a Grand Rounds session Oct. 21. Click "Read more" to see the video of his presentation.

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Please Vote on Prop 46

From Christopher Ng, MD, Chief of Staff

This letter is to inform you of legislation that, if passed, would significantly impact your medical practice. Proposition 46 (the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act) will be on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 4, 2014. Its primary aim is to raise the cap on the amount that can be awarded for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and enable the filing of many more.

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Project Will Let Some Patients View Progress Notes

OpenNotes is a national initiative designed to improve patient engagement by giving patients access to the progress notes written by their physicians. Beginning in November, Cedars-Sinai will pilot OpenNotes, and patients who receive care from any of the physicians who have volunteered to be in the pilot will be able to see their ambulatory progress notes via the secure patient portal My CS-Link™. OpenNotes is set to go live Nov. 11.

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Chief of Staff Joins Twitter

The Cedars-Sinai chief of staff is now on Twitter. Follow the social media account at @CSMC_COS.

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CS-Link Tip: Meaningful-Use Dashboard

In an ongoing effort to provide up-to-date information in CS-Link™, Enterprise Information Services has implemented a meaningful-use dashboard for all ambulatory physician providers. The dashboard, called Radar, is tailored to eligible professional providers and shows overall progress of their objective and quality measures in a quarterly format.

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Flu Season, New Policy Start Nov. 1

As we continue to prepare for potential Ebola patients, we must not forget the more imminent threat of influenza, which kills anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people yearly in the United States. Please note that the flu badge accessory (green or orange) must be visibly worn on campus at all times during the flu season, which officially starts Nov. 1. See the article for the schedule of flu clinics at Cedars-Sinai.

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Need a Nurse? Press the 'MD In Room' Button

Physicians trying to reach their patient's nurse need only press a single button in the patient's room. The new Responder 5 nurse call system allows physicians to notify the nurse by pressing the "MD In Room" button on the room panel.

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New Guidelines Take Aim at Maternal Morbidity

Maternal morbidity and mortality have been on the rise in the U.S. An estimated 50,000 women a year experience severe complications during pregnancy, labor or delivery. Sarah Kilpatrick, MD, PhD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai, is leading a national effort to help reduce maternal morbidity and mortality with a proposal for a new case review process in hospitals.

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FDA Warns About Long-Acting Opioid Products

Pharmacy Focus

The federal Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to long-acting extended-release opioid products, noting an increased risk of opioid addiction, abuse and misuse that could lead to overdose and death. Serious, life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression may occur.

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