Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Protect Your Family and Your Patients with a Flu Shot

Physicians’ family members can receive free influenza vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, on the second floor of the Steven Spielberg Building. You must register by noon on Friday by calling (310) 423-9586. Members of the medical staff may get their free flu shot in Employee Health Services. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

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MEC Update

At its Nov. 1, 2010, meeting, the Medical Executive Committee revised the language in Section 11.3.2 of the Medical Staff Rules and Regulations; approved the search committee’s recommendation of Sarah Kilpatrick, M.D., as OB/Gyn department chair, and formed a nominating committee for medical staff secretary and treasurer.

MEC Morning After Report - November 2010

Meetings and Events

Run for Her
Nov. 14

Ethics Consultation: Harm or Healing 
Nov. 17

Arrhythmia Symposium at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Dec. 10

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Form Required Prior to Placing a Percutaneous Feeding Tube

Effective Monday, Nov. 15, Cedars-Sinai will require the completion of the Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Evaluation Form before placement of a percutaneous feeding tube – regardless of the type of tube and regardless of whether the procedure is performed in the GI lab, by Interventional Radiology or by Surgery.

Use of the form was piloted successfully in the Gastrointestinal Lab earlier this year in an effort to limit the number of inappropriate PEG placements. The form will now be required for procedures performed in Interventional Radiology and the OR.

As a result of the form's use and due to the diligence of physicians, nurses and the GI Lab's staff, all PEGs placed in the month of September were deemed to be appropriate, said Andrew Ippoliti, M.D., director of Administration and Clinical Affairs, Division of Digestive Diseases. This determination was based on criteria set forth in the PEG Evaluation Form.

Along with an overall decrease in PEGs requested, a retrospective analysis showed that inpatient mortality for patients with PEGs placed in the GI Lab dropped 64 percent since use of the form was required for procedures performed there, Dr. Ippoliti added.

The form may be found at the nurses’ stations or downloaded and printed from the Cedars-Sinai Intranet site. Find the form by typing “PEG” into the Intranet homepage’s search box.