Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:



BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:


Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:


Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  291 (3 new since 5/18)  



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NEW: Update from Quality and Patient Safety Department

As BMC continues to plan for how to provide the best patient care in the post-COVID crisis timeframe, patient safety will remain, as always, a key component of patient care activities. Thank you for all your actions to keep patients as free from harm as possible.

Over the past couple months, as care teams focused on caring for patients in unprecedented times, we have experienced a 50 percent reduction in reporting for both actual and near miss patient safety events. The Quality and Patient Safety Department is working with clinical leaders to help proactively identify and mitigate patient safety risks, but continue to heavily rely on staff/provider safety event reporting.

Please report any actual or near miss safety event in STARS or by paging the risk team at 7233. This is crucial to our on-going patient safety journey. Preparations also continue for the transition to the RL Incident Reporting system. The new go-live date is August 3 and additional information is forthcoming.

NEW: BMC Receives Two Research Awards from the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness

BMC is the recipient of two awards, totaling $619,000, from the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) to fund research projects focused on COVID-19. George Murphy, PhD, co-director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM), Chris Andry, MPhil, PhD, chief of pathology and laboratory medicine at BMC, and Nancy Miller, MD, chief and vice chair of laboratory medicine at BMC, in collaboration with CReM faculty researchers, will lead a project aimed at reducing the rates of false negative COVID-19 test results.

Using machine learning, the team will develop an algorithm to interpret test results more quickly and accurately than current methods. The team will also develop new methods for pooling samples to increase testing speed.

Karen Jacobson, MD, an infectious disease physician at BMC, is leading the efforts to create a COVID-19 Biorepository at BMC with Nahid Bhadelia, MD, and Nina Lin, MD, also in the infectious diseases section.

This biorepository will be a part of a larger consortium, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Samples will be collected from patients diagnosed with COVID-19, which can be used for current and future research projects to better understand the disease course and the impact of various treatments.

NEW: Massachusetts Supply of Remdesivir Being Distributed

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced its plan to distribute the state’s supply of remdesivir to hospitals, based on the proportion of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and seven days of COVID-19 new admissions. For the most recent allocation, BMC will receive the second highest number of doses in the state.

UPDATED: Hotel Accommodations for Staff Members

Thank you to everyone who has taken advantage of the hotel program. In order to maximize this benefit for all who are interested, hotel says will be limited to 20 nights. Additional time will be granted if there is a need, but stays may not exceed 30 nights. Special accommodations are still available for all COVID positive or suspected staff that want to be isolated.

To request accommodations, send an email to [email protected] and copy your manager, stating the following: your name, what unit you work in, a brief description of your need, and desired dates/anticipated duration for your stay. Kelly will support your accommodation process from start to finish, and may follow up with your manager, if necessary.

Instructional PPE Video Created by BMC Team Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

The video demonstrates a procedure for putting on and removing PPE to minimize the risk of exposure to infectious material during the care of patients with Covid-19.

Watch on the video and read more.­­­

SICU Shout-out - Night Shift

Thank you to the SICU night shift, and the many other night shift teams throughout the hospital, for their commitment to keeping our patients and community safe!

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