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04/18/2014: Why we run
MGH marathon runners — in their own words
04/01/2014: Russell Museum First Responders Exhibit
The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation will display an exhibit highlighting the role of first responders, the importance of emergency preparedness and perspectives staff who are part of the Mass General response team throughout April.
03/11/2014: Patients with repeat ED visits for opioid overdose more likely to be hospitalized, require respiratory support
A study conducted by MGH investigators found that patients brought to hospital emergency departments more than once in a year for treatment of opioid drug overdoses are more likely to be hospitalized for overdose and to need respiratory support with a mechanical ventilator. The study also identified factors that increased the risk of subsequent overdoses requiring emergency department visits.
02/28/2014: Nurses on the run
Six nurses on the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit are planning to run the 2014 Boston Marathon – five for charity teams and one as a qualified runner.
07/26/2013: David Brown named new Emergency Medicine chief
David Brown, MD, current vice chair of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected as the department’s next chief.
07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.
04/26/2013: In the wake of tragedy
Partners HealthCare has announced it is committing $1 million to the newly created One Fund Boston to help the families who lost loved ones and the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. This donation is made in honor and recognition of the employees of the Partners HealthCare system who live and work in this community and dedicate themselves every day to our mission, enabling its hospitals to deliver some of the best patient care in the world.
04/19/2013: Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond
Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond
01/15/2013: Advanced Airway Procedures for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Associated With Poorer Neurological Outcomes
In patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation with advanced airway management was a significant predictor of poor neurological outcome compared with conventional bag-valve-mask ventilation.
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced the launch of EDMaps.org, a national emergency room locator which provides the most accurate and up-to-date information on emergency departments in the United States.
Thomas F. Burke, MD, chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General was working in Benghazi, Libya, to help establish medical training and infrastructure. He provides his perspective and experience during the recent tragic attacks on the U.S. Embassy.
08/28/2012: Students in the Field: A blog excerpt from Whitman College student Andrew Roehrig working in Kenya.
Under the guidance of Thomas F. Burke MD, the Innovations, technologies, and health transformation in Africa program brings students in the Harvard Summer Program to Kisumu, Kenya, to explore diverse approaches aimed at fostering transformative and sustainable healthcare improvements in Africa.
An MGH-led study of Mongolian schoolchildren supports the possibility that daily vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of respiratory infections in winter.
A study conducted in Mongolian schoolchildren, all of whom had low blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the study, found that vitamin D supplementation cut the risk of respiratory infections in half.
Incorporating coronary CT angiography into the initial evaluation of low-risk patients coming to hospital emergency departments with chest pain appears to reduce the time patients spend in the hospital without incurring additional costs or exposing patients to significant risks.
07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll
Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.
05/11/2012: Widening inequality in Boston and beyond
Charlotte Kahn, co-founder and director of the Boston Indicators Project, revealed some unsettling local statistics – including that Suffolk County is among the top 50 most unequal counties in the nation – in her presentation, “Widening Income Inequality and its Effects on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Boston and Beyond,” April 27 in the Ether Dome.
01/27/2012: Responding to sexual exploitation
STAFF AT THE MGH play a crucial role in the lives of their patients.
MGH investigators suggest that – since strains and sprains, which account for over a third of lower extremity injuries treated at emergency departments, are not life-threatening – telephone triage and scheduled care appointments might be a better use of precious emergency healthcare resources.
07/22/2011: In General: 07.22.11
In General awards and honors
07/15/2011: On the move
After years of planning and preparation, two departments – the Central Sterile Processing and Supply (CSPS) Unit and the Sumner M. Redstone Emergency Department (ED) – celebrated their transition into new spaces in the Lunder Building with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
05/23/2011: iPhone Application Developed by Mass. General Researchers Aids First Responders in Georgia
Georgia paramedic Lt. Jeff Lisle uses iPhone application created by Mass. General researchers to transport seriously injured patient.
05/13/2011: Care for Japan
MGH Hotline 5.13.11 Fewer than 36 hours after Japan suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, three MGH physicians were en route to the country to aid in relief efforts.
Each year, more than 90,000 patients come to the MGH for care through the Emergency Department (ED).
In General awards and honors
04/01/2011: Seconds count
MGH Hotline 4.1.11 From the time a person first experiences symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath or chest discomfort, to the time he or she undergoes cardiac catheterization -- a procedure used to diagnose and treat a blocked coronary artery -- every second is of utmost importance.
03/18/2011: Assisting in Japan
MGH Hotline 3.18.11 On March 11, the northeast coast of Japan suffered a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and destructive tsunami, resulting in the deaths of 5,178 people to date, more than 8,600 missing and the evacuation of 380,000 Japanese from the devastated areas.
02/18/2011: Lunder Building to “Go Live” this summer
MGH Hotline 2.18.11 In preparation for the summertime transition of several hospital programs and services to the Lunder Building, the MGH Go Live Group for the new facility was established under the auspices of Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration.
01/21/2011: Help for their homeland
MGH Hotline 1.21.11
11/11/2010: From lab bench to the battlefield
At the MGH, a team of scientists led by Hasan Alam, MD, an MGH trauma surgeon and director of research for the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, is developing novel tools, techniques and treatments to help save the lives of soldiers traumatically injured on the battlefield.
10/15/2010: The essence of service
MGH Hotline 10.15.10 Named in honor of Ernesto González, MD -- an MGH dermatologist, director of the MGH International Training Program and one who has dedicated much of his life to serving those in need -- the Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community is presented each year as part of Latino Heritage Month at the MGH.
09/24/2010: Emergency preparedness at home and work
MGH Hotline 9.24.10 In May 2010, a water main break in Weston disrupted the lives of millions of Massachusetts residents accustomed to easy access to clean drinking water.
06/11/2010: Silver Anniversary
MGH Hotline 6.11.10 WHAT BEGAN more than 25 years ago as a single helicopter that brought trauma patients to tertiary care facilities has developed -- with the collaboration of a consortium of six Boston-area hospitals, including the MGH -- into a fully integrated, regionalized system of critical care air and ground transport linking the sickest patients to the vital resources they need.
01/08/2010: Addressing the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa
MGH Hotline 01.08.10 The MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights, the Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and MassGeneral Hospital for Children welcomed journalist, scientist and public health consultant Helen Epstein, PhD, for a Dec. 10 discussion of her experience studying the proliferation of HIV/AIDS on the African continent.
01/01/2010: Partners HealthCare Flu Team helps viewers
MGH Hotline 1.1.10 Once a week, Boston-area television viewers and web users will have the opportunity to obtain the latest information on the flu by chatting live on www.whdh.com with a Partners HealthCare expert as part of a collaborative public health campaign from Partners, WHDH-TV 7 NBC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
12/04/2009: MGH volunteer helps save local boy
MGH Hotline 12.04.09 Greg Walsh, an MGH volunteer, was walking home along Charles Street when he first heard the cries.
06/19/2009: Flying high
MGH Hotline 6.1.09 In critical care medicine, minutes matter. Since 1985, Boston MedFlight has provided high-quality, rapid emergency care services to patients throughout New England, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Vitamin D may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, report investigators from the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children’s Hospital Boston.
MGH Hotline 010909: Several major ice storms already have hit Massachusetts this winter, leaving thousands without electricity for days on end. Would you be ready for such a situation or an emergency of another type?
01/12/2008: Filling the ER Void
The number of physicians with board certification in emergency medicine is unlikely to meet the staffing needs of U.S. emergency departments in the foreseeable future, if ever.
03/28/2012: NECN's "The Morning Show"
Beware of ticks this spring
Dr. Stuart Harris, Chief of Wilderness Medicine at Mass General Hospital, joined NECN's "The Morning Show" to share the proper technique for removing a tick, how to dispose of the tick once it is removed; how to identify symptoms if you have been bitten by a tick and how to know when it is time to see a doctor if you have been bitten. Watch the attached video for more.
09/01/2011: The MGH Campaign for the Third Century of Medicine Newsletter
Read about the Lunder Building opening and dedication.
The MGH Campaign for the Third Century of Medicine Newsletter features a cover photograph of N. Stuart Harris, MD, a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Harris is Chief of our Division of Wilderness Medicine.
Zolioke is a celebrity karaeoke event hosted by the Zoltan Mesko Foundation. Proceeds of this event will go to the Emergency Response Fund at Mass General.
12/12/2011: HAEMR Interview Date
Candidate interviews for HAEMR.
12/12/2011: HAZMAT Drill
HAZMAT exercise inside the Emergency ambulance parking area.
12/06/2011: HAEMR Interview Date
Candidate interviews for HAEMR.
This training video will discuss the hospital’s response to many types of disasters that could impact the normal operations of the hospital as well as the surrounding community. Mass General takes great pride in our responsibility to prepare to serve our diverse communities in times of need. In addition, the video provides an overview of the roles Mass General employees may be asked to play in a coordinated hospital response.