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Studying Ways to Prevent VTEs in Trauma Patients

By Russell Mason, PharmD, BCPS

As a critical care pharmacist, I collaborate with the teams involved in patient care in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. One of my personal goals is to reduce the incidence of venous thromboembolism for our patients in the SICU.

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Sim Center Stages Accident for Teen Driving Program

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Cedars-Sinai helped Beverly Hills High School stage a bloody car accident with two teen victims to demonstrate the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Much of the scene was filmed inside the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills and will be shown to high school students.

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Two Minutes With …

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the faculty in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Karen Zaghiyan, MD.

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Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate


The 14th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 2. The debate committee is soliciting topics that are timely and relevant to all specialties.

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Here Is Your Chance to Honor a Deserving Nurse

In Hollywood, actors are nominated for an Oscar. At Cedars-Sinai, the best nurses are nominated for a Maggie. Online nominations for the 2017 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award for eligible nurses are open through Monday, April 3.

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Delivering Prescriptions for Student Success

Cedars-Sinai faculty members recently shared their expertise and enthusiasm for medicine during Career Day at John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park, interacting with nearly 500 students. Their visit was the first public outreach initiative coordinated by the newly minted Cedars-Sinai Faculty Diversity Ambassadors group.

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Study to Examine Opioid Use, Chronic Pain Patients

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Cedars-Sinai investigators are gearing up to study the most effective ways for doctors to discuss opioid use with chronic pain patients in an effort to reduce the impact of pain while curbing overuse of these addictive drugs. The research team has received $2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct the study, which launches this year.

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Acker to Lecture on Cardiac Surgery March 31

Michael A. Acker, MD, will give a special lecture at Cedars-Sinai on "Transparency, Public Reporting and a Cultural Shift to Quality and Safety in Cardiac Surgery" at Cedars-Sinai on Thursday, March 31. Presented by the Department of Surgery, the hourlong lecture begins at 9 a.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion PEC 5.

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Trauma Care Course Hosted by Cedars-Sinai

The Department of Surgery's Trauma Program hosted a Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR) course in March. TCAR is a nursing trauma course designed specifically for acute, critical care and perioperative nurses.

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Reminder About Antimicrobial Use Guidelines

The Cedars-Sinai Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee publishes specific antimicrobial use guidelines, incorporating current literature and local resistance patterns. Resources include empiric treatment recommendations for frequently encountered bacterial and fungal infections, as well as recommendations for duration of antimicrobial therapy.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for February


The Circle of Friends program honored 179 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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New Correction Factor for AST Coming in Core Labs

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be implementing a new correction factor for aspartate aminotransferase run on Ortho Vitros analyzers in April.

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Cortisol Announcement

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will discontinue separate test codes for AM and PM cortisol (i.e., CORTAM, CORTPM) beginning Monday, April 10.

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Medical Library Has New Database

Do you need to find articles on healthcare administration or management? Want to read Harvard Business Review articles online? The publications can be accessed in Cedars-Sinai Medical Library's new database, Health Business Elite.

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CS-Link Tip: Try UpToDate Feature

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You can navigate from CS-Link™ to UpToDate, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. UpToDate is a point-of-care tool that allows clinicians to research clinical problems and earn credit for continuing medical education, continuing education and continuing professional development.

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