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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 30, 2017 | Archived Issues

More Education Needed on Women, Heart Disease

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Women and their physicians are largely uneducated when it comes to females and heart disease, putting women’s health and lives at greater risk, a new study shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that 45 percent of U.S. women are unaware heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Even though the majority reported having a routine physical or wellness exam in the past year, only 40 percent reported having a heart health assessment by their healthcare provider.

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New Patient Safety Curriculum Being Rolled Out

Cedars-Sinai is rolling out a new patient safety curriculum that standardizes responses to adverse events and helps front-line leaders implement changes to prevent recurrences. Front-line leaders are attending a two-hour educational session that combines lectures and interactive training tailored to each clinical area. The session is gradually being introduced to departmental teams throughout Cedars-Sinai.

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Cancer Survivors Honored for Courage, Resilience

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More than 500 cancer survivors, their loved ones and Cedars-Sinai staff turned out for the 31st Annual Cancer Survivors Day luncheon June 16 at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. "This isn't just a luncheon. It's a really important day that validates and celebrates all that our patients have been through, and applauds their resiliency," said Arash Asher, MD, director of the Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

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Platform for Vancomycin Measurements to Change

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be changing platforms for vancomycin measurement beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1. Vancomycin is being moved from a Beckman AU680 platform to redundant Roche P Modules in order to provide backup of instrumentation when maintenance issues arise.

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Core Labs Changing Ketone Testing in July

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be switching ketone testing to Precision Xceed Pro Monitor instruments from Abbott Diabetes Care Ltd. beginning Tuesday, July 25.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for May

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The Circle of Friends program honored 206 people in May. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Cedars-Sinai Launches Blog

Employees are invited to explore the new Cedars-Sinai blog that gives employees, patients, their families and the community a relatable and shareable experience of Cedars-Sinai. Blog content highlights health and wellness tips from leading experts, provides insights into the latest research at Cedars-Sinai and showcases the human side of healthcare.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a special musical guest, Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix. The event on Monday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child 3-11 years of age.

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CS-Link Tip: Medication Reconciliation

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Medication reconciliation is important, and CS-Link™ can help. The care team needs an accurate and current medication list, which appears in patient settings. To see notes added, click the “Med Notes” box. To learn more, an e-learning lesson has been created.

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