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P and T Approvals, Details About Tramadol Change

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Aug. 5 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, more details are available about tramadol's new status as a controlled substance.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.

Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - September (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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New Flu Policy Goes Into Effect Nov. 1

Vaccination Clinics Start Sept. 26

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff members, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new flu vaccination policy that will be in effect for the duration of the flu season, from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2015. The new policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff.

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Annual Meeting of Medical Staff Is Oct. 20

The annual meeting of the medical staff is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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TJC Is Coming; Here's Help With Survey Prep

Cedars-Sinai's triennial survey by the Joint Commission will occur before Dec. 31. In preparation for the survey, we will be providing tidbits for you to review so that you may be better equipped to respond to questions from the surveyors.

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CS-Link Tip: Keep Patient Information in Its Place

Remember that the appropriate way to communicate about your patients is through CS-Link™. You can view and respond to InBasket messages with your smartphone using the Haiku app, your iPad using the Canto app, or using any of the work stations in the medical center.

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How to Respond to the Possibility of Enterovirus

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on a severe respiratory illness associated with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Healthcare providers should consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained, severe respiratory illness, particularly in young children and those with pre-existing asthma.

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'Kinky Boots' Tickets Available to Medical Staff

Medical staff members are invited to the production of the award-winning musical "Kinky Boots" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The cost is $110 per person and includes a pre-show dinner.

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Spine Surgeons Get Updated Postop Order Sets

Spine surgeons at Cedars-Sinai will have access to more user-friendly and standardized postoperative order sets beginning Oct. 1. The updated order sets will be accessible in CS-Link™ and are primarily for physicians performing lumbar or cervical fusion postoperative procedures.

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Researchers Test Bioartificial Liver

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a human-cell-based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis.

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Cadaver Meniscus Is Used to Rebuild Finger Joints

Artist Joost van Oss was chopping wood a few years ago when he injured the middle knuckle on his right hand. The intense pain and swelling that followed nearly ended his career as a painter and sculptor. Then van Oss, 58, turned to Cedars-Sinai plastic surgeon David A. Kulber, MD, and underwent a novel surgery. Kulber used knee meniscus from a cadaver to reconstruct van Oss' finger joint.

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Marking the High Holidays at Cedars-Sinai

Senior Rabbi Jason Weiner, manager of Spiritual Care, will conduct services for the High Holidays at Cedars-Sinai. The services – Kol Nidre on Oct. 3 and Yom Kippur on Oct. 4 – also will feature cantor Jordan Gorfinkel.

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