Fourth year internal medicine and pediatrics resident Dr. Mike Kelly shaves his head after reaching his fundraising goal for the Boston Marathon.
The MGH has activated its Hospital Incident Command System to respond to an impending heparin shortage expected to impact hospitals – including the MGH – across the globe.
Heparin is an anticoagulant used to decrease clotting of the blood in patients being treated for blood vessel, heart and lung conditions. It also is used to prevent clotting during heart surgeries, dialysis and blood transfusions. The shortage is due to an outbreak of African swine fever in China, which has reduced China’s pig population by an estimated 40 percent – with 60 percent supplied to the United States. Heparin is derived from pigs and about 80 percent of crude heparin is produced in China.
“We have been monitoring this situation for several weeks,” says Paul Biddinger, MD, director of the Center for Disaster Medicine. “We anticipate that our supply of all heparin-related products will continue to dwindle in the immediate future. Hospital leaders currently are in the process of reviewing all conservation strategies and possible alternative treatments, while also working with manufacturing companies to examine the full extent of shipping delays and cancellations. Because this is a global shortage, we are not sure how long it will last, but we are actively doing all we can to address the situation.”
- Oct | 1 | 2021
MGH urology medical assistant Alyssa Reilly’s hard work and dedication earned her a spot on the 2020 Team USA Paralympic rowing team, which won a silver medal in the Tokyo Games last August.
- Oct | 1 | 2021
Cindy Diggs, community and cultural engagement manager at Mass General, was named the 2021 Peace MVP by the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, honoring her dedication to being an activist for peace and economic security in Boston neighborhoods.
- Sep | 10 | 2021
“Each morning when we’d arrive at the police barricades, people would be standing there with pictures of their loved ones, asking us to look for them,” Susan Diehl says. “Hours later, after a hard shift when we were ready to get back on the shuttle bus, they were still there—waiting for word.”
- Aug | 20 | 2021
In 2020, Carr took up running to keep herself both physically and mentally active during the COVID-19 pandemic. She completed her first double digit run—10 miles—on Dec. 31. Six days later, after a routine checkup with her doctor, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Jul | 1 | 2021
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a group of students from Harvard Medical School—led by Dorothy Weiss Tolchin, MD, EdM, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Physical Medicine and...