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New Therapeutic Heparin Infusion Monitoring

The Department of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is teaming up with the Department of Pharmacy Services to provide a new method to monitor patients receiving therapeutic heparin infusions.

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FDA Evaluates Risks of Tramadol in Children

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the use of the pain medicine tramadol in children 17 and younger, because of the rare but serious risk of slowed or difficult breathing.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - October 2015 (PDF)


Ronald Reuben, MD, has died.

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Flu Vaccination Policy Outlined

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff, the Cedars-Sinai flu vaccination policy will be in effect from Nov. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff. Per the policy, all medical staff and allied health professionals must submit their vaccination status by Nov. 1, 2015.

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Annual Meeting of Medical Staff Is Oct. 19

The annual meeting of the medical staff is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Medical Staff Leadership Development Program

The Medical Staff Leadership Development Program welcomed 28 participants who will spend the next year honing leadership skills and learning how to apply them here.

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Clinical Scholars Program Welcomes Large Class

The Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program, which transforms clinicians into clinical scientists, welcomed its largest incoming class in three years, bid farewell to a pioneering leader and announced a new course of study at its annual graduation ceremony. Eight students graduated.

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Patient Safety Survey Runs Through Oct. 11

While Cedars-Sinai maintains high safety standards, there is always room for improvement. To identify and prioritize opportunities to improve patient safety, executive leadership at Cedars-Sinai is surveying staff members until Oct. 11 utilizing a nationally recognized Culture of Safety Survey. Front-line staff members, including faculty, are encouraged to participate.

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CS-Link Tip: Hardstops to Change PCP

Few things are as pleasant as slipping between clean sheets or the beauty of a clean InBasket. More than a few physicians have asked about receiving notifications about patient’s admissions or visits at outside facilities. This is a fantastic feature for patients with whom you are actively involved in their care.

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Clinical Documentation Course Continues Nov. 3

Participants Can Earn Two Continuing Medical Education Credits

Members of the medical staff can take a "Clinical Documentation Integrity Power Course for Physicians" that meets the first Tuesday of each month through Dec. 1. The Nov. 3 session will take place in PEC 8. Participants need to attend just one session. Two continuing medical education credits will be available.

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Ronald Reuben, MD, Longtime Pediatrician

Ronald Reuben, MD, died Aug. 31 at age 98. He started and for 30 years led the Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Pediatric Allergy Clinic. After he retired in his early 70s, he became the longest-serving physician on the Cedars-Sinai emeritus medical staff.

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Clots May Complicate Aortic Valve Replacements Previously Thought Not to Require the Use of Blood Thinners

Researchers have now found that about 15 percent of all bioprosthetic aortic heart valve patients develop blood clots on the leaflets affecting valve opening. A new study in New England Journal of Medicine shows that anti-coagulation medicine is successful and fast in resolving clots that could impair valve motion.

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