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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2015 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About SGLT2 Inhibitors, Contrast Media

Pharmacy Focus

A review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resulted in additional warnings on the labels of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections. Also, the FDA is advising that rare cases of underactive thyroid have been reported in infants following the use of contrast media containing iodine for X-rays and other medical imaging procedures. 


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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Education Schedule - December 2015 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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A Skill for the Year Ahead

By Harry Sax, MD, Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Columns around the holidays often focus on the accomplishments of the past year and hopes for the next 12 months. We certainly have much of which to be proud, as well as personal goals for next year. At the same time, this year multiple aspects of our world are in disarray. It may seem that we will never again see "the good old days." Yet, mankind has endured multiple challenges over the years and, especially in medicine, there is a quality that guarantees our success.

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SCORE Marks Three Years of Changing Culture

Events Jan. 13 Include Showcase for Projects, Open House

For three years, teams across Cedars-Sinai have been engaging caregivers around the concept of SCORE, or "Safe Care in the O.R. Everytime." SCORE's unit-based interdisciplinary teams are committed to emphasizing the importance of culture in relation to surgical quality and improvements in the patient safety process. SCORE will celebrate its third anniversary with a pair of events Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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Two Minutes With …

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Catherine M. Dang, MD, Andrew Eisenthal, MD, and Carol Lin, MD.

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U.S. News 'Best Hospitals' Physician Survey

From Chris Ng, MD, Chief of Staff

The U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings are based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative factors, one of which is a reputational score assessed by board-certified physicians in each specialty. This year, all U.S. physicians with designated board certifications will be eligible to participate.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Alerts in CS-Link

From Chris Ng, MD, Chief of Staff

In an effort to reduce antimicrobial resistance and improve patient safety, Cedars-Sinai is launching best practice alerts in CS-Link™ for patients receiving selected antibiotics for three or more days. Increasing rates of drug-resistant infections and a limited supply of new antibiotics have placed new emphasis on promoting the safe, efficient use of antibiotics at healthcare organizations across the nation.

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Cedars-Sinai Increases Presence in China

An initiative to provide world-class medical care to Chinese citizens, both those who travel to the U.S. and those in China, continues to yield excellent results. That was the message delivered to the approximately 50 attendees of a recent luncheon hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Center for International Health.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for November

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The Circle of Friends program honored 201 people in November. 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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