5.25.11 | Brandon Glenn
The father of the 2-year-old child whose death as a result of a medication error led to “Emily’s Law” is planning joint speaking engagements with the pharmacist who went to jail for that error.
Chris Jerry, who founded the Emily Jerry Foundation after his daughter’s 2006 death, hopes the joint discussions with ex-pharmacist Eric Cropp will help educate health professionals and students about the danger seemingly small, careless medication errors can pose to patients. The story of human tragedy — and forgiveness — could serve as a powerful reminder to health professionals that they hold human lives in their hands throughout the course of each workday.
By MedCity News – 5.5.11 | Brandon Glenn
An Ohio father whose 2-year-old daughter’s 2006 death spurred the passage of “Emily’s Law” is preparing to publicly forgive the pharmacist who went to prison for a medical error that led to the death.
Chris Jerry, who has since started the Emily Jerry Foundation to raise awareness of medication errors, said he plans to forgive Eric Cropp in an interview next week for a segment on the Discovery Channel about patient safety.
“The criminalization of medical errors is an enormous setback for the patient-safety movement,” Jerry said.
I will be giving a lecture on patient safety to 155 pharmacy students at Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio this Friday the 13th! Dr. Michelle Musser is the Professor of Pharmacy Practice at ONU that I’ve been working with. I’ll be relaying my story, hoping to make an impression on these students. I want to let them know they truly do have people’s lives in their hands every day on the job.
Additionally, next week the film crew from the Discovery Channel will be in Cleveland to tape an interview I will be doing for the second part of a “Chasing Zero” segment on patient safety. I have been working with Dr. Charles Denham from TMIT on this project. I am Looking forward to publicly forgiving Eric Cropp next week during my interview with The Discovery Channel. I truly believe that this is what my daughter would want me to do. The criminalization of medical errors, when they occur, is an enormous setback for the patient safety movement in our nation. Read this CNN story describing the negative impact this had on the patient safety movement.