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Breast Cancer Center Renovation Project to Begin


After nearly 20 years as a surgical center and home to Cedars-Sinai's Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center—A Project of Women's Guild, the building at 310 N. San Vicente Blvd. will begin the transformation into a fully dedicated breast cancer treatment facility at the end of this month. Surgeries will shift to the Medical Center and, in March, the breast center will relocate to an interim space as a complete renovation of the 310 Building commences.

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Reminders to Remain Diligent in Fight Against Influenza

Cedars-Sinai would like to remind staff that as we enter peak flu season, it is important to remain diligent in preventing the spread of the virus. "In the last few weeks, we have seen a high level of flu activity in our community," said Jonathan Grein, director of Hospital Epidemiology. "We ask that staff follow organization guidelines to continue to protect patients, visitors and staff."

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Stop the Bleed Class Teaches Lifesaving Skills

Stop the Bleed is a free class now offered by Cedars-Sinai for its employees and the general public. The program was originally created in wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, when it was learned that uncontrolled bleeding led to many deaths. The next class at Cedars-Sinai is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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King Day Speaker Urges Crowd to Step Up


Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television Networks, was the keynote speaker for the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Cedars-Sinai earlier this month. She urged the crowd to stay involved. "If Dr. King were alive today, he would challenge us to step up and do the work to ensure the promise of America is the practice of America," she said.

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Drug-Free Workplace Rules Unaltered by Marijuana Law

With a new state law that now allows for the use of non-medical use of marijuana, Cedars-Sinai officials are reminding staff that the organization's longstanding policy of a drug- and alcohol-free workplace remains in effect. As of Jan. 1, Prop. 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), allows the sale of non-medical marijuana through stores licensed by the state to individuals 21 years old and older.

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State-Mandated Workplace Violence Training to Begin

Under revised rules from the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, all Cedars-Sinai employees will be required to have completed workplace violence training by April 1. Cedars-Sinai's Environmental Health and Safety Division is finalizing the learning modules, and employees should be receiving notifications regarding the training soon.

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New Cancer Gene Sequencing Panels

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The Molecular Pathology laboratory at Cedars-Sinai has developed a set of focused, DNA next-generation sequencing panels that can rapidly scan tissue samples for potentially treatable mutations in a variety of cancers. These panels are available to Cedars-Sinai physicians to help them design more effective therapies.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for December


The Circle of Friends program honored 346 people in December. 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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Why Does My Patient Have Spurious Hyperkalemia?

An examination is presented for the most common reasons for artifactual and real causes of elevated potassium. Potassium is one of the most commonly ordered tests and should normally be a tightly controlled electrolyte in healthy patients.

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FDA Requires Safety Label Change for Prescription Cough and Cold Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring safety labeling changes for prescription cough and cold medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone in an effort to limit the use of these products to adults. Extensive review has shown that the risks of the medicines outweigh their benefits in children younger than 18. The FDA also is asking healthcare professionals to be vigilant for signs of hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis in patients receiving Varubi (rolapitant) injectable emulsion.

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Burton W. Fink, MD: 1926-2017

Burton W. Fink, MD, a former head of pediatric cardiology and chief of staff who worked at Cedars-Sinai for more than a half century, has died. He was 91.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Product Updates

See product information updates for January from Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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CS-Link Tip: A Helpful Shortcut

Here's a helpful shortcut in CS-Link™ when calculating a patient's 10-year Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease risk.

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