Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Meetings and Events

Hydroxyethyl Starch Solutions Removed From Formulary

Pharmacy Focus

Due to the risks associated with the use of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solutions, and the availability of safer and equally efficacious alternatives, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee has approved the removal of Hespan from the formulary.

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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - October 2013 (PDF)

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How the Medical Library Affects Patient Care

As clinicians work to integrate the best evidence into decision making to improve patient care, the library's role increases greatly in terms of providing consultative services coupled with the latest technology to retrieve, filter and organize the increasing body of relevant literature for medical staff members.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care," discusses the value of librarians in this information revolution. The article, co-authored by a physician and a librarian, describes the results of a survey of 118 hospitals that highlights how medical staffs handled patient care more effectively because of information provided by the library.

At Cedars-Sinai, a customer service survey done by the Medical Library staff supports the findings from JAMA. The survey, carried out in April 2013, shows that respondents do change patient care based on information provided by the Medical Library. Respondents included physicians, nurses, researchers, students and other employees of the medical center.

Changes reported were mostly associated with medication or dosage (16 percent), reduction in length of stay (12 percent), diagnosis (35 percent), treatment advice to a patient (38 percent) and procedure or practice (46 percent).

As healthcare evolves, the health science library evolves alongside it, adapting to its users' information needs, and it continues to provide high-quality information to support patient care.