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Don't Forget the Flu
If you haven't already received your flu vaccination, please make sure you obtain it by Dec. 1. Remember, as a MedStar Harbor Hospital physician, you can receive your flu vaccine for free in Occupational Health. For more information, call 410-350-3549.
Preparing for surgery can be a busy and confusing time for patients. The following is a list of pre-surgery reminders for you and your patients:
- Labs must be performed at least two weeks prior to surgery.
- Histories and physicals must be taken within 30 days of surgery.
- Any medication containing Ephedrine must be stopped 10 to 14 days before surgery.
- Bring a list of all current medications prior to the surgery.
- Have all preps to Pre-Admission Testing 48 hours prior to day of surgery.
We want you and your patients to have excellent experiences. If you have any questions, please call Kim Kranwinkel, patient care manager of PACU, Same Day Surgery, Ambulatory Testing Center and Infusion Clinic, at 410-350-3462.
Documentation Tip of the Month: Urosepsis
There are specific coding guidelines related to the diagnosis of urosepsis. For coding purposes, the term urosepsis is classified as a UTI. Unfortunately, the term urosepsis is sometimes stated as the diagnosis even though the patient's condition has progressed to septicemia. Instead of using the term urosepsis, please document using the choices below:
Thank you for assisting us in ensuring accurate data. If you have any questions, contact the Clinical Documentation Specialists Janeth Scott at 410-350-7184 or Wanda Myers at 410-350-7168.
Mark Your Calendars
Monthly Physician Appreciation Luncheon
Wednesday, Nov. 10 (second Wednesday of every month)
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Wednesday, Nov. 10, noon
MedStar Harbor Hospital's Oncology department will hold a cancer education program for physicians, nurses and other clinical associates on Wednesday Nov. 10. This workshop will focus on professional grief and its impact on patient care. Explore coping methods to avoid burnout so that you may continue providing the quality of care that all of MedStar Harbor Hospital patients expect and deserve.
A Special MedStar Harbor Day at Nick's
Friday, Dec. 3
Nick's Fish House
Nick's Fish House will donate 20 percent of all proceeds all day to MedStar Harbor Hospital. The event will feature MedStar Harbor Hospital celebrity guest servers and bartenders, including President Dennis Pullin. For more information, call the Philanthropy office at 410-350-8271.