The challenge of maintaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for providers on the front lines has been met with innovation, thanks to a Partners HealthCare alliance with Battelle and the City of Somerville.

Launched the second week of April, the partnership brings to bear the novel Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System, developed by the research and innovation leader to sterilize up to 80,000 N95 respirator masks each day. Just the fourth site in the United States to acquire the system following its FDA emergency use authorization, the Partners-hosted site at a former K-Mart store near our Assembly Row headquarters provides first responders and medical professionals with a new, regional resource in the battle against COVID-19.

“This is a critically important step forward in our efforts to protect health care workers on the front lines,” said Paul Biddinger, MD, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Partners HealthCare. “By sterilizing 80,000 masks per day, this region will have a greatly improved supply of N95 respirator masks, keeping our workforce safe - and ultimately improving access to care for patients in need during this pandemic.”

The partnership represents Partners unique role as a regional health system capable of rapid mobilization to marshal essential resources during an emergency. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and Tufts Medical Center are among the hospitals who have sent masks to the site for decontamination. Additional hospitals and other first responders will be using the site as well.

“This is how it's supposed to work in a crisis,” said City of Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “Everybody comes together to do big things. In this case we're able to put technology into production that's going to protect the frontline healthcare workers who are protecting all of us."

Read more about the partnership here.

To stay up to date on Coronavirus preparedness, please reference our ongoing Partners HealthCare resources and announcement page here.

Topics: patient safety, redesigning care, Community Partnerships

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