David N. Louis, MD, and Robert H. Young, MD, have received the 2020 Patricia R. Austen, RN, MGH History Award. The award honors individuals or groups who have worked to promote or preserve Mass General history.
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.”
- Nov | 17 | 2020
While shutters went up in storefronts throughout the city, the city within Mass General continued to buzz and employees and patients continued to need things—a candy bar pick-me-up, a trinket to thank a coworker or a Mass General scrub cap.
- Oct | 23 | 2020
Celebrating gives people the energy to press on during difficult times, said Joseph Betancourt, MD, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer, in his introduction to the “Celebration of Unity, Heritage and Mass General Latino/a/x Front Line Staff” event.
- Oct | 22 | 2020
“Our goal with this triathlon—and the Medicine in Motion group—is to reduce burnout by building community through fitness and philanthropy,” says Logan Briggs, fourth year Harvard Medical School student and co-founder of Medicine in Motion.
- Oct | 21 | 2020
The need for blood at Mass General hospitals continues to be urgent. View a list of upcoming drives.
- Oct | 9 | 2020
To provide wigs for chemotherapy patients who are underinsured or who do not have the means to purchase one, the LVC Retail Shops have launched a program called Share for Hair.