Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

Pharmacy Focus

Highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

P and T Approvals - June 2016 (PDF)

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 - July 2016 (PDF)


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Better Documentation Sought for Allergy to Meds

Cedars-Sinai is initiating a multidisciplinary approach to improve the accuracy of medication allergy documentation to help prevent adverse medication events.

The Medication Safety Task Force requests that clinical staff "hover to discover" allergy documentation in the CS-Link™ banner. Allergies to food, medications and dyes are recorded in the allergy activity section of CS-Link and appear in the highlighted yellow header.

CS-Link has checks and alerts to identify potential issues when placing orders and to prevent adverse medication reactions, such as a pop-up that promotes user review and updates of allergies before orders can be signed.

Documentation of allergies should always include reactions and types, such as allergies, contraindications, sensitivities and side effects. However, the Medication Task Force recognizes that specific documentation is needed to accurately assess patient allergies. Use of the "comments" field helps characterize allergies in more detail.

"Verifying patient allergy information in CS-Link requires significant effort, and providers must be diligent in making sure that information is accurate," said Steve Simons, MD, medical director of Medical Affairs and chair of Medication Safety. "These records follow our patients the entire time they are in our care, so we must continue to take the responsibility for accurate documentation of allergies and medication side effects seriously."

Side effects, including nausea and vomiting, may preclude prescribing a given medication, as may sedation and true allergic reactions such as swelling and inability to breathe. Providers need to evaluate medication side effects and allergies to determine whether certain medications are worth the risk.

"Physicians are always looking at risk versus benefit," said Donna Duong Luong, medication safety coordinator at Cedars-Sinai. "It is also important for all care team members to converse with not only the patient, but also each other to ensure everyone on the care team has the same game plan."

For more information about the Medication Safety Task Force and what can be done to prevent medication errors, email luongd@cshs.org.