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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Educational Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule for March.

Educational Schedule - March 2014 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

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Make Sure Reports Reflect True APLs

By Harry C. Sax, MD, MHCM

We are required to report episodes of accidental puncture or laceration (APL) that occur during procedures. The spirit of the regulation is to capture true deviations, such as blindly inserting a laparoscopic trocar into the aorta. But the determination of what is a true APL is open to interpretation.

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Cedars-Sinai Breaks U.S. Record for Heart Transplants

The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute set a new standard for U.S. heart transplantation in 2013 by completing 117 adult heart transplants and two adult heart-lung transplants, for a total of 119 adult heart transplants.

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Outcomes Research in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit

By Eric J. Ley, MD

Outcomes research seeks to evaluate the benefit of particular healthcare practices and interventions. We conduct critical care outcomes research at Cedars-Sinai to determine which interventions are most effective.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for February

The Circle of Friends program honored 90 people in February. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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FDA Warns About Doribax; Victrelis Label Changed

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concluded that Doribax (doripenem), an antibacterial drug used to treat patients who develop pneumonia while on ventilators, carries an increased risk of death and lower clinical cure rates compared to use of imipenem and cilastatin for injection. Also, changes have been made to the label of the hepatitis C drug Victrelis.

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