JW Moore Tuesday Noon CME Conference – “Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery for Lungs and Esophagus”
Jennifer Wan, M.D., CMHS CardioThoracic Surgeon, will present a lecture on “Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery for Lungs and Esophagus”. She will discuss how to 1) Describe the advantages and technical considerations associated with the minimally invasive strategies in the management of basic and complex thoracic disorders, and 2) Discuss controversial issues, emerging techniques, and future directions in minimally invasive thoracic surgery.
The conference will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at noon, in Nichols Auditorium. Lunch will be provided and Category 1 & 1-A CME will be available. If you would like to view this lecture online, please contact the CME Coordinator, Christeva Vazquez firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-948-5638.
CMHS CME Assessment Survey
The CME Committee wants to thank you for being a part of the Continuing Medical Education program at Community Memorial Health System. In an effort to improve upon the program and bring more CME opportunities to CMHS, we ask that you please take the time to complete the survey at the link below. Your input is invaluable and instrumental in helping the CME program grow.
You can find the survey by clicking here: CME Survey
We ask that you please complete the survey by April 24th. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact Christeva Vazquez at email@example.com or at 805-948-5638.
Thank you again for your support, and we hope to see you at future conferences!
Dysphagia Green Wristband
How do you know when your patients have dysphagia? Do you wonder what diet they currently receive, if their diet texture has been changed, or if they need thickened liquids? How much time do you spend finding this information and would it help if the current diet was indicated on your patient’s wristband at all times?
You may have noticed your stroke patients wearing green wristbands (placed by nursing in the ED) indicating the Pass/Fail of a nursing dysphagia screen. Patient safety is our priority and a wristband for all patients with dysphagia would help ensure awareness with aspiration prevention. The speech pathology department is about to introduce another dysphagia green wristband to encompass all patients with dysphagia which will include their exact diet. Each patient’s wristband will be updated immediately to reflect any changes made to the diet texture or liquid viscosity at all times.
When a Bedside Swallow Evaluation order is completed, the speech-language pathologist (SLP) will remove the former green nursing dysphagia screen band (if present) and place a green “ASPIRATION RISK/DYSPHAGIA” wristband, inclusive of accurate solid and liquid recommendations. If the SLP upgrades or downgrades the diet later in the hospitalization, a new wristband will be placed and the former wristband will be discarded
The SLP department will be in-servicing all staff prior to the launch of this new process. The goal is to improve the continuity of care throughout our patients’ hospitalization. Immediate visibility of diet recommendations is valuable for our patients’ nurses, family members, dining service staff, doctors, therapists, dieticians, and all who provide care. What if your patient goes to the therapy gym and requests a glass of water? How does each therapist know which liquid level the patient currently needs? The wristband will notify therapists daily and ensure that the correct liquid level is provided. This wristband will remain on the patients’ wrists throughout the entire hospitalization. It will also serve to inform future caregivers at the next level of care. We hope this new wristband helps to reduce time spent searching for correct diets as well as increase safety and continuity of care at CMHS!
By Dina Tarin M.S., CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
Mobile Heartbeat (MH) Upgrade
***Attention Mobile Heartbeat Android Users*** Please be advised, Android has made a change to their push notifications. If you are an Android user, please visit Android MH Upgrade to update your MH app. Android users who have not updated their MH app will no longer receive any push notifications from MH. If you require assistance, please call the CMHS Helpdesk 805-948-5090.
CMHS Pharmacy Drug Shortage Update
We currently are unable to obtain our formulary Potassium Bicarb/Citric Acid effervescent tablets. The manufacturer is not providing an expected availability date. We have oral potassium chloride available in tablets and powder packets for those unable to take tablets as an alternative.
PACS Will Be Down For Upgrade And Maintenance
PACS Will Be Down For Upgrade And Maintenance on Wednesday, April 24th, at 3 a.m. We will continue sending exams to ATR (our nighttime radiology service) for the night. We estimate this downtime will be for 2 hours. ATR will be faxing the reports since the system will be down.
- From January 1 to March 28, 2019, 387** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Click here for the CDC report.
- As of April 4, 2019, 72 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from five states. Eight people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or deaths have been reported. Click here for the CDC report.
– Strategic Health Care
CMH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – April 15 – 19
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12:00 pm Cancer Cmte – BR 12:00 pm JWM Education Conf – NA
4:30 pm Anesthesia Cmte – BR
7:45 am- Pediatrics Cmte/Neonatal Cmte-NA (back)
12:00 pm General CA Conf – BR
12:15 pm Inpatient Medicine Division – NA (front)
5:30 Disaster Preparedness Cmte - BR
OVCH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – April 15 – 19
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PI/Patient Safety Committee
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
– Marcus Aurelius
Keep the faith,
Stan Frochtzwajg, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Memorial Health System
www.cmhshealth.org/voice – Medical Staff Voice Blog link
Tracey Shoop – Physician Liaison – firstname.lastname@example.org & (805) 490-3860
Megan O’Neill – Business Development Manager – email@example.com & (805) 207-8216
Scott Goodfriend, M.D. – Physician Advisor – firstname.lastname@example.org & (805) 701-3514
Medical Staff Office – (805) 948-5662