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P and T Approvals, Changes for Hydrocodone, Tramadol

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Aug. 5 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is more strictly controlling hydrocodone combination products, and more details are available about tramadol's new status as a controlled substance.

Mark Your Calendar

Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.

Educational Schedule

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

Educational Schedule - September 2014 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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New Flu Policy Goes Into Effect Nov. 1

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff members, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new flu vaccination policy that will be in effect for the duration of the flu season, from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2015. The new policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff.

Per the new policy, all medical staff and allied health professionals must be vaccinated by Nov. 1. Physicians who are vaccinated will be issued green badge buddies upon either receiving the flu shot at Cedars-Sinai or by submitting an online attestation of vaccination. Those who decline will be issued orange badge buddies. Badge buddies must be worn visibly at all times beginning Nov. 1.

Physicians who decline the vaccine without an approved medical exemption will not be able to work in high-risk patient-care areas and will have to wear an isolation mask in patient-care areas that are not considered high risk. The only exceptions are the Davis Research Building and the research floors of the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, as well as general public areas such as lobbies, entrances, eating areas such as the cafeteria, and pedestrian walkways.

For those requesting medical exemptions, the request process is the same as last year. Medical exemption request forms are available from Employee Health Services in the Steven Spielberg Building.

Free flu vaccinations are available onsite to all medical staff members for their convenience at Employee Health Services. Cedars-Sinai also is scheduling flu shot clinics; a schedule will be announced shortly.

For more information about the new flu policy, please contact the medical staff office at 310-423-5154 or Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574.