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FDA Warns About Extended-Release Opioid Products

Pharmacy Focus

The federal Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to long-acting extended-release opioid products, noting an increased risk of opioid addiction, abuse and misuse, potentially leading to overdose and death. Serious, life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression may occur.

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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Educational Schedule

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Educational Schedule - October 2014 (PDF)

Educational Schedule - November 2014 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Sinus, Skull-Base Tumors

An 8-year-old boy presented to the Cedars-Sinai otolaryngology, head and neck surgery clinic for a history of right-sided cheek fullness and bulging of his right eye, which had developed over the course of a few months. Examination revealed a sinonasal mass. An urgent MRI was performed and demonstrated a massive tumor filling the right-side nasal cavity and the majority of the sinuses. The mass was pushing his eye outward and directly abutted his intracranial cavity.

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Pursuing Continued Excellence as a Level I Trauma Center

By Daniel R. Margulies, MD, Section Chief, Trauma and Acute Care Services

As trauma continues to be the leading cause of death among children and adults under the age of 45, the Cedars-Sinai Trauma Program provides the necessary infrastructure to resuscitate, stabilize, support, recover and rehabilitate the most critically injured patients in our community.

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Pilot Project Will Let Some Patients View Progress Notes

OpenNotes is a national initiative designed to improve patient engagement by giving patients access to the progress notes written by their physicians. Beginning in November, Cedars-Sinai will pilot OpenNotes, and patients who receive care from any of the surgeons and other physicians who have volunteered to be in the pilot will be able to see their ambulatory progress notes via the secure patient portal My CS-Link™. OpenNotes is set to go live Nov. 11.

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Spine Surgeons Get Updated Postop Order Sets

Spine surgeons at Cedars-Sinai now have access to more user-friendly and standardized postoperative order sets. The updated order sets will be accessible in CS-Link™ and are primarily for physicians performing lumbar or cervical fusion postoperative procedures.

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Prominent Orthopedic Groups Officially Join Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Health System has finalized an agreement with the Institute for Sports Sciences for two of the nation's most prominent orthopedic and sports medicine physician groups — Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group — to become formally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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New Award Named for Adashek

A cash award of $25,000 in honor of Kenneth Adashek, MD, (right) will be given annually to a surgeon on the staff of Cedars-Sinai. The award will provide recognition of Adashek's significant accomplishments, while highlighting Cedars-Sinai's emphasis on compassionate care for each patient.


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Recognition for Alban, Gewertz, Gordon, Spurrier

Physician News

Rodrigo Alban, MD, spoke at the regional Trauma Grand Rounds, Bruce Gewertz, MD, earned the Women's Guild Medical Visionary Award, Leo Gordon, MD, addressed the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library, and Ryan Spurrier, MD, is first author of a new study on tissue-engineered esophagus.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September

The Circle of Friends program honored 178 people in September. 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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