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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY May 2017 | Archived Issues

Cedars-Sinai, Torrance Memorial Plan Affiliation

A message from Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai

Over the past several years, Cedars-Sinai has initiated numerous innovative partnerships, affiliations and other working relationships with a variety of healthcare providers to help enhance access, coordination and quality of care for patients throughout the region. These have taken many different forms, including partnerships with UCLA and Select Medical (California Rehabilitation Institute), primary care and specialty medical groups joining Cedars-Sinai Medical Network, the purchase of Marina Del Rey Hospital, and a variety of other clinical and research relationships with organizations.

I am now pleased to announce plans for a formal affiliation between Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial.

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Graft Selection for ACL Knee Reconstruction

Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed worldwide. Despite its frequency, several questions surrounding the procedure continue to spark debate, the most controversial being: "Which graft choice is best?"

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Cedars-Sinai Creates Pulmonary Embolism Team

Cedars-Sinai has created a Pulmonary Embolism Response Team. PERT is a multidisciplinary team including pulmonary, critical care, cardiology, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery that provides rapid triage and access to state-of-the-art care for intermediate and high-risk pulmonary embolism.

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Two Minutes With …

Joshua Tseng, MD

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the faculty in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Joshua Tseng, MD.


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Bones Rebuilt by Gene, Stem Cell Therapies

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A Cedars-Sinai-led team of investigators has successfully repaired severe limb fractures in laboratory animals with an innovative technique that cues bone to regrow its own tissue. If found to be safe and effective in humans, the pioneering method of combining ultrasound, stem cell and gene therapies could eventually replace grafting as a way to mend severely broken bones. Dan Gazit, PhD, DMD, was the principal investigator and co-senior author of the research study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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Healthcare Leaders Share Lessons from Choosing Wisely

Cedars-Sinai and four other large healthcare providers in California gathered last month to highlight their successes implementing the national Choosing Wisely initiative, which aims to reduce inappropriate medical tests and procedures that can do more harm than good. Physicians and other leaders from Cedars-Sinai were joined at an April 28 symposium on the medical center campus by colleagues from Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Sutter Health in Northern California and UCLA Health.

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Hybrid PET-MRI Scanner Now Available for Clinical Studies

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Cedars-Sinai's PET-MRI scanner, a highly sophisticated diagnostic imaging tool that provides superior image quality and uses low radiation doses, is now licensed for clinical studies. Cedars-Sinai is one of the few medical centers in the United States to be equipped with the hybrid scanner.

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WannaCry Malware Prompts Call for Vigilance

In wake of the recent WannaCry ransom-malware attack that has infected more than 200,000 computers worldwide, Enterprise Information Services is urging employees to be vigilant when using email. Distinct from other malware, ransomware is a type of malicious software that prevents access to a computer system by encrypting it with a key known only to the hacker. After the system data is encrypted, the ransomware directs the user to pay a ransom to the hacker for the decryption key.

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FDA Issues Warnings Against Extended Use of General Anesthetic in Young Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated a warning about the use of general anesthetic and sedation medicines for lengthy periods of time in children younger than 3 years old. The FDA is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines for children. The medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be greater in children under 12 years old.

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FDA Issues Warning Against Canagliflozin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Type 2 diabetes patients who take canagliflozin that the medicine can cause an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Two recent large clinical trials showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with canagliflozin than in patients treated with a placebo.

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FDA Eliminates Risk Evaluations for ESA Agents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently eliminated the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, which includes Epogen®, Procrit® and Aranesp®.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for April

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The Circle of Friends program honored 208 people in April. 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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Policy and Procedure Manager Upgrades May 31

A new software upgrade for Cedars-Sinai’s Policy and Procedure Manager software will take effect Wednesday, May 31. Version 9.5 features significant enhancements, including color theme, browser compatibility, searching tools and navigation panel options.

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CS-Link Tip: Creating SmartPhrases

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On CS-Link™, SmartPhrases spare you the trouble of having to type commonly used phrases over and over again. Creating a SmartPhrase is fairly simple and can be a big timesaver. Start by looking for a big green plus sign on your screen and clicking it.

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