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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF December 15, 2017 | Archived Issues

Meetings and Events

Everyday Ethical Issues for Older Adults (Ethics Noon Conference)
Dec. 20

These events and more can be found in the medical staff calendar on the Cedars-Sinai website.


Grand Rounds


Upcoming CME Conferences


Milestones

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.

Submit your milestones and comments.

President's Perspective

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By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Accessibility to our services for patients and consumers is one of the three imperatives for Cedars-Sinai that I outlined in June’s President’s Perspective: retain our absolute commitment to quality; make our services more geographically and virtually accessible to patients and consumers; fulfill our obligation to make healthcare affordable through operational and clinical efficiency work. No matter how outstanding, efficient and appropriate Cedars-Sinai’s patient care is, if it is not accessible, we are not fulfilling our mission to the public.

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New Name in Orthopedics

Cedars-Sinai announced the formation of the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute this week, which includes multiple care locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. Cedars-Sinai, Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group are founding partners of the institute.

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HR Launches Multiyear Strategy to Support Staff

Human Resources has embarked on a transformational, multiyear strategy to cultivate Cedars-Sinai's skillful workforce and to meet the changing demands of the healthcare environment through greater efficiency, better service and enhanced talent management.

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POLST Project Prompts Important Conversations

"As an institution, Cedars-Sinai wants to ensure that the care we're providing aligns with our patients' goals, values and preferences, particularly in relation to end-of-life care. Physicians want to know that they're respecting their patients' wishes," said Edward Seferian, MD, chief patient safety officer and medical director, Medical Affairs.

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Pharmacists Help Reduce Medication Errors in ER

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When pharmacy professionals — rather than doctors or nurses — take medication histories of patients in emergency departments, mistakes in drug orders can be reduced by more than 80 percent, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai.

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Strangers Become Blood Relatives After Transplant

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Grace Brown and Darin Eisenhut were complete strangers on different coasts who were brought together by two things — blood cancer and Be The Match®, part of the National Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that connects patients with donors, educates healthcare professionals and conducts research. They recently met face-to-face for the first time at the Celebration of Life luncheon.

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Bell Project Inspires Cedars-Sinai Cancer Patients

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When Art Tostado finished five weeks of radiation therapy at Cedars-Sinai, the 71-year-old became among the first cancer patients to sound a new brass bell to mark the end of the treatment. The brief but poignant ceremony also includes a short poem reading, and will be repeated as other cancer patients wrap up treatment.

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FDA Issues Alert About Risks of Febuxostat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public that preliminary results from a safety clinical trial show an increased risk of heart-related death with febuxostat, (Uloric) compared to another gout medicine called allopurinol.

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CS-Link Tip: Pulling Imaging Results

When using CS-Link™, you may want to pull an imaging result into your note. Instead of using copy and paste, you can type dot, "img," and then the anatomical area. For example, typing ".lastimgchest" will pull results for any CT, ultrasound or X-ray of the chest.

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