Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Lunch on Us

Annual Medical Staff Meeting is Oct. 24

Chief of Staff Scott Karlan, MD, will discuss the climate of change at the medical center and President and CEO Thomas M. Priselac will speak at the lunch meeting, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

The 2011 Pioneer in Medicine Award will be presented along with the Chief of Staff Award.

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff (PDF)

P&T Committee Approvals Released

Pharmacy Focus

Click the PDF below to review the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee's September approvals.

P&T Decisions September 2011 (PDF)

Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming Grand Rounds.

Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - October 2011 (PDF)

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Progressive Care Units Go Live on Oct. 17

New Units will Accommodate Patients who are not Appropriate for ICU

To better serve our patients who are too sick for regular floor care but do not fit the criteria for ICU admission, Cedars-Sinai will be launching its new Progressive Care Units beginning Monday, Oct. 17.

Located on 5NE, 5NW, 6NE, 6NW and 6SE, the Progressive Care Units will feature enhanced nursing ratios and the ability to administer some medications that were previously restricted to the ICU. Patients admitted to these units will be remote- and bedside-monitored by RNs who are ACLS-certified and have received additional training in cardiovascular and pulmonary management. Remote monitoring will be provided from a centralized monitoring center on 5 North.

"We are launching these units to accommodate our patients’ needs while placing them in the most appropriate beds," said Glenn D. Braunstein, MD, vice president for Clinical Innovation. "We believe that patients and their family members will be more comfortable in these units, while receiving the enhanced care that they need, including point-of-care testing."

One example of a patient suitable for admission to a Progressive Care Unit rather than the ICU is a patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer, who is suffering from shortness of breath and placed on a continuous BiPAP.

The Progressive Care Units will feature non-teaching beds. The attending physicians will continue to have primary responsibility for the care of their patients. House physicians/Rapid Response Team Service will only provide emergency coverage for these patients.

For program information or general questions, please contact Dana Meyer, RN, BSN, MBA, director of Critical Care Services, at (310) 967-4344 or dana.meyer@cshs.org. For physician-specific or clinical questions, please contact Dani Hackner, MD, associate chair, Medicine and medical director, Care Management, at (310) 423-2760 or dani.hackner@cshs.org.