Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

CS-Safe, Cedars-Sinai’s New Incident Reporting System, Goes Live Next Week

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, CS-Safe, will go live. The system is used for the documentation and follow-up of safety events and near misses, as well as good catches, that affect patients, staff and visitors.   

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Surgical Item Tracking System to Roll Out Jan. 27

Cedars-Sinai will soon start fitting operating rooms with a new tracking system that aims to eliminate retained soft good surgical items (RSI). The SurgiCount System will be used to track sponges—the most common RSI—by scanning and recording QR codes on each sponge before and after use during a procedure. Staff training for the new system will be held Jan. 22-24.

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3rd Floor Surgical Operations Moving

All 3rd floor operating rooms will soon transition to other locations, including the 7th and 8th floors of the main towers and the Pavilion's 4th floor. The move is part of a larger effort to improve surgical efficiencies and the overall patient experience.

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Joan August Named Vice President of Cedars-Sinai Cancer

Joan August, MS, has been appointed vice president for Cedars-Sinai Cancer. In this new role, August will have responsibility for the successful development, implementation and advancement of integrated strategic and programmatic cancer initiatives across the health system in collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Cancer Director Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD. August brings more than 30 years of professional healthcare experience to this new position. She is an accomplished leader known for developing and directing comprehensive business and clinical operations, assessing complex business problems, and finding innovative solutions and reaching consensus with diverse constituencies to achieve sustainable outcomes. 

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Open Houses for Health Delivery Science Program

The first of three open houses for students interested in the Master’s Degree in Health Delivery Science program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium Monday, Jan. 13. Two more open houses will follow: March 6, from noon to 1 p.m., at the 6500 Wilshire Building in the San Vicente Conference Room; and March 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, PEC 6 and 7. For more information, click here. The application deadline is May 1.

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Annual Wellbeing Fair Set for Friday, Jan. 10

The Cedars-Sinai Employee Wellness Program is hosting its eighth annual Employee Wellbeing Fair on Friday, Jan. 10, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Several Cedars-Sinai wellness and benefit partners will be on-site, including the Work and Life Matters team in partnership with Empathia Life Matters and Bright Horizons, as well as dozens of external vendors, to help employees learn about various aspects of health and wellbeing.

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International Program Aims to Expand Its Reach

The International Health and Telemedicine Program is seeking to expand its reach in several world regions. The growth of the program is propelled by Heitham Hassoun, MD, vice president and medical director of the program. To mark his one-year anniversary at Cedars-Sinai, Hassoun sat down with The Bridge to discuss global health challenges, the future of international medicine and what he loves most about his job.

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New Online Templates and Tools Available to Staff

To support consistency across Cedars-Sinai's communications, a range of updated digital templates are available for download on the intranet. Staff members are encouraged to bookmark the page for easy access to a range of templates, including flyers, letterhead, memos and PowerPoint presentations.

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FDA Warns About Serious Breathing Problems With Seizure and Nerve Pain Medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that serious breathing difficulties may occur in patients using gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) or pregabalin (Lyrica, Lyrica CR) who have respiratory risk factors. These include the use of opioid pain medicines and other drugs that depress the central nervous system.

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Michael Harris Weiss, MD: 1943-2020

Michael Harris Weiss, MD, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai for more than three decades, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Jan. 4. He died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, which forced his early retirement in 2003. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Race to Erase MS or any MS research foundation. 

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CS-Link Tip: New Storyboard Feature

Storyboard, a new feature recently introduced in CS-Link™, is designed to more efficiently tell the patient’s story. It will replace the Patient Header and will become the default option on Feb. 5. 

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