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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY May 2014 | Archived Issues

A Pause for Patient Safety

New Process Succeeds in Tests, Will Expand Housewide

Sometimes, the best solution is the simplest one. To help prevent the accidental removal of patient tubes and lines, a simple, three-step process, Pause-Clear-Go, has proven so successful that it is being rolled out across the medical center.

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Morgenstern Debaters to Tackle Robotics

Robotics in medicine is the subject of this year's Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. Kicking off the first Cedars-Sinai Founders Day, the debate will convene for its 11th year on Friday, June 6, at 8 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.



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Switch to ICD-10 Delayed; Preparation Continues

Cedars-Sinai will continue preparing to switch to ICD-10, although the U.S. government has delayed implementation of the coding system for a year. A federal law that took effect April 1 pushes the compliance date for ICD-10 to Oct. 1, 2015. The deadline had been Oct. 1 of this year.

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Summaries of Symposium Speakers' Research

Speaking at the Craig A. Lipkin, MD, Resident Research Symposium at Cedars-Sinai were Michael Choi, MD, Heidi Reich, MD, and Ryan Spurrier, MD. The symposium took place May 28 in ECC B-C. Click the "Read more" to see summaries of the residents' current and recent research.

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New Parking Rates for Patients, Visitors

Cedars-Sinai will implement new patient and visitor parking rates effective May 1. In keeping with prevailing parking rates in this area, Cedars-Sinai will no longer provide free parking, and the daily cost of validated self-parking will be increased from $4 to a maximum of $5.

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Champions for the Most Vulnerable Hearts

The Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program repairs disorders in children's hearts while reducing the need for open-heart surgery. The program helps give patients of all ages a chance at a normal life.
 

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Trauma Program Posts on Cedars-Sinai Facebook Page

As a Level I trauma hospital, Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing the highest level of care for injured patients. To help prevent injuries, the medical center's Trauma Program has taken to social media. The program has begun posting messages about the issue on the Cedars-Sinai Facebook page.

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Recognition for Klein, Singer

Physician News

Andrew S. Klein MD, MBA, is being honored for a lifetime of achievement in the field of liver transplantation by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Liver Foundation, and Matthew Singer, MD, has been named a winner of the Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for April

The Circle of Friends program honored 180 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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FDA Airs Risks of Corticosteroids, Blood Thinners, Lunesta

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. In addition, the FDA has released a study comparing the risks of the blood thinners Pradaxa® and warfarin, and has said the insomnia drug Lunesta® can impair next-day alertness.

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