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

P & T Approvals, FDA Warning About Hepatitis Drugs, Statement About Plavix

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the October meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a warning regarding the risk of serious liver injury with use of hepatitis treatments Viekira Pak and Technivie, and the agency says long-term use of Plavix does not change the risk of death for patients with heart disease.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.


Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - December 2015 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Innovation Challenge Selects 10 Semifinalists

Twenty teams pitched their ideas to improve the patient experience at the Nov. 10 event.

As a part of the first MD/RN Patient Experience Innovation Challenge, more than 250 nurses and physicians came together last week to pitch collaborative solutions to improve the patient experience at Cedars-Sinai.

The challenge emerged from the MD/RN Collaborative, which brings together members of the clinical care team to enhance clinical quality, safety and experience. Through the challenge, teams from the MD/RN Collaborative were tasked with identifying solutions in technology, design, devices and process.

In the challenge's first event — inspired by the popular ABC television show Shark Tank — 20 teams were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of six judges on Nov. 10.

After listening to an array of innovative ideas, the judges selected 10 semifinalist teams:

Among the physicians and nurses presenting solutions were Axel Rosengart, MD, PhD, (left) and Azure Chabot, BSN, RN.
  • Team REM Pros seeks to provide personalized patient care by encouraging patients to make three wishes on an electronic wrist "Wishband." By making these wishes, patients are encouraged to participate in their own care and to learn more about perioperative processes, treatment options and medications.
  • Team Moments of Genius created an incentive program that provides motivation, inspiration and confidence during the discharge process. Items given to patients throughout the process encourage engagement before being discharged.
  • Team Heart Throbs designed a one-touch communications-based app that allows patients to communicate with staff and family members through the touch of an iPad. The app is available in multiple languages, helping to resolve language barriers.
  • Team Uber-ful Care pitched a patient-centered mobile triage kiosk to help reduce wait times and direct patients to appropriate areas of care within 30 minutes. An additional concierge care application would provide car service options to patients. The innovation aims to improve experience, quality, value and efficiency.
  • Team CS Assist created a solution using a touch-enabled kiosk that helps families locate patients, as well as areas of interest on campus. An additional app allows patients to gain a sense of control and autonomy while in the hospital.
  • Team Interactive Book uses drawings and language to help communicate topics relevant to all aspects of patient care. The book is an instant resource for questions throughout the care process.
  • Team Ohm Patrol created the Tree of Life, an enhanced IV pole designed to personalize patient care by infusing medicine with imagination. This redesigned pole, in the shape of a tree, would provide additional patient education resources and would incorporate New Age technology with holistic care to create the "Art of Healing."
  • Team Heart Menders is a patient-friendly tablet application that assists patients with selecting meals based on dietary needs and cultural preferences. It is designed to enhance communication between the interdisciplinary team and patients.
  • Team Cedars Engage is an app to help streamline workflows while empowering patients and families to partner with their care team. This mobile-based platform aims to improve communication between patients, families and providers.
  • Team Body Shop supports quarterly "tune-ups" performed by the interdisciplinary team on inpatients in effort to decrease readmissions and medication-related adverse events.

The semifinalists will develop their prototypes for mock implementation during a pilot phase over the next several months. A challenge winner will be selected in June.

A panel of Cedars-Sinai executive judges considered the teams' solutions and picked 10 semifinalist teams.

Audience member Naomi Tashman, RN, took a cellphone photo of the action.

A large, enthusiastic audience watched the proceedings.