Penelope Shaw, PhD, has long been an advocate and activist for patients with disabilities and for nursing home residents nationwide.
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.”
- Jul | 16 | 2020
Mass General's Blood Donor Center needs donations more than ever.
- Jul | 15 | 2020
"There is no vaccine for EEE and no treatment," says Dr. Ryan. "So it’s vital to minimize the likelihood of getting bitten by a mosquito." Learn how to protect yourself.
- Jun | 30 | 2020
The MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion virtually celebrated the graduation of 46 underrepresented residents and fellows in medicine on June 5. The 2020 graduating class included residents and fellows from 14 different departments.
- Jun | 26 | 2020
During the June 24 event, “Resident Writing in the Time of COVID-19,” five Mass General residents read from and discussed recent pieces they have published in national publications.
- Jun | 23 | 2020
Massachusetts General Hospital staff paid tribute to its unit service associates, or USAs.