Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Recognition for Arena, Charlton, Jones, Karlan, Spiegel

Elizabeth A. Arena, MD, has been awarded board certification in complex general surgical oncology, Timothy P. Charlton, MD, represented the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons this month in Washington, Heather Jones, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for lung research, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, has been named co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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

CME Newsletter - March 2015 (PDF)


Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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Share Your News

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CS-Link Tip: Blood Administration Orders Change

This week's CS-Link™ tip comes from Chief of Staff Chris Ng, MD. Two enhancements to blood administration orders and panels in CS-Link went live on March 24:

  • Blood administration orders will have defaulted times that can be changed as needed.
  • "0.9 percent normal saline continuous IV infusion PRN for transfusion reaction" will be added to the transfusion panel and will fall off in 12 hours if not used. This allows nurses to provide normal saline at a To Keep Open rate if the patient has a transfusion reaction and does not have other fluid orders.

Cedars-Sinai blood administration policy states that the physician must order a duration time for blood administration, in accordance with California’s defined nursing scope of practice.

The defaults for each blood product order will be based on the product and population, as detailed in the table below. Stem cells do not yet have a defaulted duration.

Blood ProductDefaulted Duration
pRBCs adults3 hours (ED: 2 hours)
pRBCs pediatrics and neonatesNo default
Platelets adult1 hour
Platelets peds1 hour
Plasma adults1 hour
Plasma peds1 hour
Granulocytes adults3 hours
Granulocytes peds3 hours
Cryoprecipitate (Factor VIII) adults15 minutes
Cryo peds30 minutes
Cryo neonates2 hours
Hematopoietic stem cellsNo default

For more information, along with screen shots illustrating the changes, see this PDF in CS-Link Central.

You can schedule a training session with Lisa Masson, MD, (lisa.masson@cshs.org) or Alex Bram (alex.bram@cshs.org).

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