Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Letter From Chief of Staff: Coronavirus

By Marc A. Edelstein, MD, Chief of Staff

We are monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in Wuhan, China, and taking essential measures to ensure the health and safety of our caregivers and patients in accordance with updated information from public health agencies.

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Cedars-Sinai Opens Flagship Medical Offices in Tarzana

Cedars-Sinai marked a milestone in its goal to bring high-quality care to neighborhoods across the Southern California region by hosting the opening of its flagship medical offices in the San Fernando Valley on Jan. 29. The 40,000-square-foot location at 18133 Ventura Blvd. features a multidisciplinary cancer center, with orthopaedic specialists from the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute and an internal medicine office following soon. The facility is a short drive from Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

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Wear Red Feb. 7, Support Women's Heart Health Day

Employees are encouraged to support the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Day on Friday, Feb. 7, by dressing in red, participating in heart health screenings and attending a program to hear from experts in the field.

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Results: 2019 Culture of Safety Survey

Staff from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network participated in the 2019 "I am the voice of patient safety" survey, which ran Nov. 4-18. The survey is designed to help leadership better appreciate the degree to which employees and affiliated physicians understand their role in patient safety and feel management support for their efforts. 

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Lung Cancer Expert to Head Medical Oncology

Prominent lung cancer expert Karen L. Reckamp, MD, MS, has been selected to be director of the Division of Medical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Cancer. Reckamp also will serve as medical oncology director of the Women’s Guild Lung Institute in Cedars-Sinai's Department of Medicine and associate director of Clinical Research at Cedars-Sinai Cancer.

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MD Who Volunteers as Reserve Officer Saves a Life on Duty

Los Angeles police raced to the scene early this month after getting a call about a military veteran threatening to kill herself. Officers from the LAPD's Southwest Division found the woman in her bedroom unconscious and not breathing. But then one of them managed to quickly resuscitate her, and kept her alive until an ambulance arrived. The fast-thinking hero of the moment was someone who had seen plenty of life-and-death struggles, but he wasn't a regular police officer. Instead, he was a reserve officer, an LAPD volunteer. At the Southwest station, he’s known as "Doc." But at Cedars-Sinai, he's Paul Strauss, MD.

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Women's Blood Vessels Age Faster Than Men's

New research from the Smidt Heart Institute showed for the first time that women's blood vessels—including both large and small arteries—age at a faster rate than men's. The findings, recently published in the journal JAMA Cardiology, could help to explain why women tend to develop different types of cardiovascular disease and with different timing than men.

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New Guidelines for Vancomycin Dosing Start Feb. 18

Based on updated guidelines, the Department of Pharmacy Services is modernizing the process it doses vancomycin beginning Feb. 18. Benefits of the new guidelines include: improved efficacy and safety, reduced need for vancomycin level monitoring and reduced total daily doses of vancomycin. If you have any questions, contact the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists at 310-423-5352 or GroupPharmacyAUR@cshs.org.

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FDA Strengthens Warning About Clozapine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is strengthening an existing warning that constipation caused by the schizophrenia medicine clozapine (Clozaril, Fazaclo ODT, Versacloz, generics) can progress to serious bowel complications. This can lead to hospitalization or even death if constipation is not diagnosed and treated quickly.

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Medical Library Offers Classes to Learn New Skills

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library is offering a variety of classes in February and March. Classes are at noon in the Medical Library—Plaza Level, South Tower, Room 2815.

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CS-Link Tip: Storyboard

Storyboard in CS-Link™ doesn’t just provide a stunning new look to a patient's chart. It is packed with features and tools that are designed to make your workflow more efficient and decrease the need for mouse clicks. Did you know, for example, that under each item in the Storyboard lies wonderful extra information related to that item?

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