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FDA lowers recommended dose of zolpidem products

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying the public of new information about zolpidem, a widely prescribed insomnia drug. FDA recommends that the bedtime dose be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.

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Harvey Morse Auditorium gets clinician workstations

Clinical workstations have been installed near Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The workstations will provide Cedars-Sinai clinicians an opportunity to answer patient care needs while attending meetings in the conference center.

Paul Silka, MD, chief medical information officer, said the clinical workstations are in response to a request by medical staff leadership following installation of CS-Link™, Cedars-Sinai's electronic medical records system. The medical staff wanted a convenient way to access CS-Link while attending educational conferences or meetings in the auditorium, Silka said.

Chief of Staff Steven Galen, MD, said the clinical workstations allow physicians to complete patient orders without having to rely on telephones, which can disrupt work flow.

The clinical workstations, each of which includes a computer and a telephone, are available so all clinicians can briefly step away from meetings to provide patient care. These workstations are among the nearly 1,000 clinical workstations added in the past year to allow for the best possible information system access for physicians, nurses, and other members of the Clinical Care Services Team.

George Carion, director of Voice and Data Networks, and his EIS staff were instrumental in the design and installation of the workstations, Silka said.

Above, from left: George Carion, director of Voice and Data Networks, Chief of Staff Steven S. Galen, MD, and Vice Chief of Staff Christopher S. Ng, MD, with the workstations in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Below, Ng and Galen use a workstation computer.