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Pharmacy Focus

Boxed warning added to WinRho®

Possible increased risk of fractures with proton pump inhibitors

FDA reports cases of severe liver injury with orlistat

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Physician News

Asher Kimchi, M.D., has been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences ...

Peter J. Julien, M.D., received a California State Assembly Resolution ...

Michael Lill, M.D., was appointed to a term as a Cancer Liaison Physician ...

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Meetings and Events

Atrial Fibrillation Forum, June 29

Sand N' Snore, July 16

Vasculitis: Current Concepts and Best Practices, July 31

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Web/VS Tip of the Week

ECG viewing enhancement

You can view two ECGs simultaneously in Web/VS for comparison purposes.

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Clinical Resources to Help Patients who Smoke

Smoke-Free Campus Boundary MapAs many of you know, on July 1, 2010, Cedars-Sinai will join the increasing number of hospital campuses that are entirely smoke-free. As a part of our smoke-free campaign, we will screen every admitted patient for tobacco use and provide nicotine replacement and smoking cessation interventions.

Cedars-Sinai has developed an inpatient screening protocol administered by our nursing staff and a pre-printed order sheet to facilitate the appropriate prescription of nicotine replacement medications and smoking cessation medications.

Physicians should follow the "5 A's" Smoking Cessation Protocol:

  • Ask
  • Advise
  • Assess
  • Assist
  • Arrange

Current smokers will be provided with brochures on smoking cessation and the effects of second-hand smoke. Patients who seek assistance with smoking cessation will be offered education, brief counseling and medications.

Patients who do not want to quit will be offered nicotine replacement therapy (or other appropriate symptomatic management) to alleviate nicotine withdrawal. The Nicotine Withdrawal Orderset (link below) includes dosing recommendations.

Inpatients will not be allowed to leave campus to smoke.

Under the new policy, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on campus, including sidewalks, parking structures, and inside vehicles whether parked or driving through campus. (Campus boundaries are shown on map.) The management of the Medical Office Towers (MOT) has also decided to go smoke free and smoking will not be permitted on the grounds surrounding the East and West MOT.

Signs will be posted at admission desks and entrances to the parking lots and medical center. It will also appear on the medical center’s Web site.

In addition to the PDFs below, a host of other resources are available on the Cedars-Sinai Intranet.

Smoking Cessation Protocol

Nicotine Withdrawal Orderset

Smoking Cessation Patient Education and Counseling Brochure