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“Advocay Heals U” Book Foreword by Robert M. Wachter, MD

The following is one of two of the forewords, Joni and I will be using in our new book “Advocacy Heals U – Fifteen Keys to Fast Track Results and Emotional Fulfillment”. Please let us know what you think!

In a remarkable number of cases of medical errors, it’s clear – in retrospect – that there were signs that something was amiss, but they were ignored. The reasons are manifold: I was just too busy, things are always glitchy around here, I didn’t want to be branded a troublemaker by speaking up…. Part of the work of patient safety has been to alert us to this risk, to get us to trust our internal “spidey-sense.” When something seems wrong, we need for advocates to speak up! By doing so, they may prevent either a minor setback or even a major tragedy—such as the loss of two-year-old Emily Jerry.

English psychologist James Reason’s “Swiss cheese model” of error holds that all complex systems harbor many “latent errors,” unsafe conditions that are, in essence, mistakes waiting to happen. They are like a forest carpeted with dry underbrush, just waiting for a match or a lightning strike. On most days, errors are caught in time, much as you remember to grab your house keys right before you lock yourself out. Those errors that evade the first layer of protection are caught by the second. Or the third. When a terrible “organizational accident” occurs — say, a space shuttle crash or a September 11–like intelligence breakdown — post hoc analysis virtually always reveals that the root cause was the failure of multiple layers, a grim yet perfect alignment of the holes in the metaphorical slices of Swiss cheese.

Reason’s model reminds us that most errors are caused by good, competent people who are trying to do the right thing, and that bolstering the system — shrinking the holes in the Swiss cheese or adding overlapping layers — is generally far more productive than trying to purge the system of human error…an impossibility. Advocates garner and implement positive change to otherwise flawed systems because of their determination and vision of a better world.

In this important book, Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry describe what it is like to lose a loved one because of a medical illness, and the all-too-frequent hazards of our medical care system. Impressively, they have channeled their pain into a series of lessons to help others who—like them—wish to use their experience to try to improve the healthcare system. Their strength, wisdom, and courage are remarkable, and their book will be an essential guide to others who wish to follow a similar path.

~Robert M. Wachter, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, and author of the New York Times bestseller: The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

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    A Letter to My Children

    Dear Nate & Katherine,

    I truly love and miss, both of you, more than you will ever know! I am so incredibly sorry that you both have had to endure the loss of your baby sister, the death of your uncle, and the breakup of your family in such a short period of time. You both were the absolute best big brother and sister ever and I know how much you both must still hurt and miss her! I genuinely hope and pray that you find some comfort and that you both always know in your heart that little Emily is still watching over all of us!

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    The Emily Jerry Foundation is determined to help make our nation’s, world renowned, medical facilities safer for everyone, beginning with our babies and children. We are accomplishing this very important objective by focusing on increasing public awareness of key patient safety related issues and identifying technology and best practices that are proven to minimize the “human error” component of medicine. Through our ongoing efforts The Emily Jerry Foundation is working hard to save lives every day.


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    Advocacy Heals U


    Internet Radio Show Co-hosted by Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry of the Emily Jerry Foundation

    Through my work as an advocate, I never really knew the profound healing that would occur on a personal level, as Emily’s father. It’s this type of healing process that can occur, for anyone who has experienced or is going through a life-changing crisis, that cohost Joni Aldrich (www.jonialdrich.com) and I, discuss on our weekly show called ADVOCACY HEALS U. Please join us every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST and find out how to be an advocate for positive change and how it can, subsequently, heal and inspire you too! Over any web enabled device, you can listen to the show by either going to www.W4CS.com or www.W4WN.com. If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on iHeartRadio.com. Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.