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Pharmcon October 5, 2011 Webinar Feedback

Below are some comments we received from attendees to our webinar that took place the morning of October 5, 2011. It seems we are truly making an impact with these presentations. I am very thankful for the opportunity, as well as for all those who took part in the event that provided feedback – both positive and negative. The positive feedback reinforces my drive to spread the message, while negative feedback usually provides constructive criticism which can be used to present a better and more effective delivery in the future. Thank You once again to PharmCon!


It’s difficult when the law is one way but the employer choses to ignore the law because the “front line” is who gets in trouble, not the “desk jockeys”. Certification may be mandated, but that’s not necessarily what you get.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this presentation but I thought the topic was very interesting. I think it was very well done and it’s great that Mr Jerry was able to participate and that there was info on the foundation and Second victims.

Great presentation.

Again, thank you for the enlightening presentation of Fate, Destiny: Life I am awakened to the power of patient safety, responsibility and personal healing. The sharing of those involved brought a smile to my face and a dance within my soul. Thank you.

Tragic situation for all parties involved. Shouldn’t the OH State Board of Pharmacy had some responsibility as well in the fact they did notm, at the time of the incident, regulate pharmacy technician?


I think Eric Cropp was treated rather badley it was an error that any one could have done, the tech here was not focused on what she was doing also concentrated solutuons should be kept away from IV preperation areas seperated bins locked. The days we all come home from work with no errors are the best days

I saw the original webinar also. Wow, what a powerful, emotional story. Thanks!


Best presentation in all respects that I have seen. Thank you.

Nice follow up to the other CE

Excellent program

2 ce programs please

Seemed very biased towards the pharmacist.

A Pharmacist must learn to prioritize tasks and not allow themselves to be rushed. Put a person with the name and think about the condition(s) being treated and how an error could affect the patient and family. If an error is made take ownership and responsibility for it and offer sincere apology for any potential negative outcome(s).

a sad and emotional situation for all involved

Very good presentation

great presentation

This is a very powerful story. It made me cry..

wow, how sobering

thank you

Very important topic medication error and the end results.

This is a story that needed to be told. Very informative and inspiring.

Excellent presentation!

excellent webinar !! It had a lot of information to think about!!

Its all about focus, staying aware that what we do isn’t just a list of tasks but a person at the receiving end of our work. Over worked and under staffing is becoming a broader issue and projects errors such as this horrific one.

This could have been avoided if basic safety procedures were instituted as policy in the hospital & followed to the letter.

This was one of the best CE’s I have ever participated in, and certainly the first time a CE has brought me to tears. The gravity of what we as pharmacists do everyday is huge, and we can not forget the human element of our job. Thank you so much for presenting this moving and informative CE. God bless Mr Jerry and Eric, as you will both be in my prayers.

this should be mandatory for every health care provider


This was a wonderful CE. Thank you very much for putting everything you have out there to educate as on something that we have the potential of dealing with.

this is a very eye opening lesson that if we do not Love God above all, we can be doomed to such tragedy, that will humble us, for Eric, he loved his profession so much more than God. Mr Jerry’s Family was given the hardest test, but thank God he learned to forgive. They are characters in the story so we may all learn.


Excellent presentation- we all needed the reminder

Very moving! Thank you

My thanks to Mr. Cropp and Mr. Jerry for sharing such a painful time in both their lives. Their willingness to do so may protect many, many “Emilys” in the future.

A nearly identical error happened at our hospital in north carolina. Thank goodness the pharmacist, one of our best, did not go through anything comparable. The board just focused on making sure the hospital put into place systems that would prevent another error. We are still understaffed, though.

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Chris Jerry Speaks at Baxa Corporation Headquarters

I had the opportunity to tell Emily’s story to a great group of people at the Baxa Corporation. They are involved in designing and manufacturing technology that will truly change lives for the better. I can’t stress enough how thankful I am to them all. As a patient safety advocate I recognize that these are the people who are saving countless lives every single day. I truly appreciate the opportunity to visit their offices, and am excited about our relationship going forward. Check out the video of my speech below..

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Baxa News Release: Baxa Joins Forces with Emily Jerry Foundation

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2011

Patient-Safety Advocate Baxa Corporation Joins Forces with the Emily Jerry Foundation to Champion Pharmacy Safety Education and Legislation

Englewood, Colo. – “Fatal saline overdose.” Three words a parent never expects to hear. But Chris Jerry did. Jerry’s daughter Emily died when a pharmacy technician’s mistake resulted in a fatal dose of saline solution. Three years later, in 2009, Jerry founded the Emily Jerry Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the prevention of medical errors. Today, patient-safety advocate Baxa Corporation formally joins forces with the Emily Jerry Foundation to evangelize patient safety.

As an Emily Jerry Foundation partner, Baxa will collaborate with Chris Jerry, Foundation President and CEO, to increase public awareness of solutions that can reduce the rate of human errors. The Baxa pharmacy workflow management tool, DoseEdge®, through barcode verification of every drug ingredient, has prevented more than 339,500 dose preparation errors in US hospital pharmacies.

“The Emily Jerry Foundation’s mission of improving pharmacy safety and reducing the rate of human error matches the vision my father had over three decades ago when he founded Baxa,” commented Baxa CEO Greg Baldwin. “Every day the Baxa team works to develop innovative pharmacy technologies for safe medication handling and delivery. We embrace the opportunity to join forces with the Emily Jerry Foundation, to increase public awareness of automation technologies that can improve dose safety and save lives.”

Read the entire official Baxa News release about the Emily Jerry Foundation partnership by clicking here.

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ANNOUNCING: Emily Jerry Foundation Partners with Baxa Corporation

The Emily Jerry Foundation is very proud to announce the new partnership with Baxa Corporation. I have been working extremely hard to establish key partnerships with like minded individuals, organizations, and patient safety oriented technology manufacturers across the country like Baxa. Patient safety is a number one priority for the people at Baxa. Through the implementation of Baxa’s technology and products into the pharmacy workflow medical facilities across the nation can now significantly reduce the human-error component of medicine that can often lead to medication errors and similar tragedies like Emily’s. With that in mind, The Emily Jerry Foundation is genuinely looking forward to a very long and mutually beneficial relationship between our organizations.

I am looking forward to visiting Baxa Corporation this month to give presentations and to meet their team in Englewood Colorado. Additionally, I am scheduled to do a Satellite Symposium with Dennis Tribble, Baxa’s Chief Pharmacy Officer and Chief Technology officer, at the upcoming American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans this December.

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PharmCon Webinar: September 8th – Emily’s Act: Impact on Public Safety and Medication Errors Feedback

Last Week, I had the pleasure of performing another Continuing Education webinar with PharmCon. To view the webinar click on this link for The following are a list of comments and feedback we received on the event. Lots of great feedback and kind comments. I truly appreciate all the acknowledgements and am excited my story is helping to make a difference!

The following are results from a post-webinar survey…

– 84% of participants rated the Webinar Excellent overall
– 84% of participants rated the content Excellent
– 78% of participants rated the content to be Educational vs. Commercially biased
– 70% of participants thought it was rational to pass Emily’s Act in Ohio
– 68% of participants thought Emily’s Act had  a positive impact on Pharmacy Techs

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Testimonial from Summa Healthcare Regarding Last Week’s Lecture

I received a very kind letter from Summa Healthcare’s Maria Giannakos regarding last week’s lecture. I wanted to share it with you all.

When I first contacted Christopher Jerry this past spring, my intent was a simple note of support and appreciation. Much time had passed since I had first wanted to contact him, but as both a new mom and a healthcare worker, I could not wait any longer…

Click here to Read the full letter.

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Reminder: Upcoming Webinar August 25th – 8pm EST

August 25th live Webinar at 8:00 pm Eastern time.

Emily’s Act Revisited: The Pharmacist, The Family and the Medication Error That Changed Their Lives

Make sure to mark your calendar for this live webinar. This moving presentation spans the five years since Emily’s tragic death, and the changes that have resulted in the lives of the pharmacist, Eric Cropp and the father of Emily, Chris Jerry. Both Eric and Chris are co-presenting this webinar.

This presentation can be accessed on and there is a $35 registration fee to non-members of the web site. All registration fees for this presentation are donated to the Emily Jerry Foundation. “Virtual” seats are limited, so go to now and register. This presentation is also ACPE accredited for one live credit hour for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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Summa Health System Presents: The Emily Jerry Story – August 17 – Summa Akron City Hospital

I filled you in on this event earlier this month. Below are the details I’ve been waiting to announce…

Summa Health System
Grand Rounds Presentation

The Emily Jerry Story:
A Tragedy, a Trial, and a Triumph

Christopher Jerry
President & CEO, Emily Jerry Foundation

Eric Cropp
Former Pharmacist & “Second Victim”

Sponsored by the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy

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  • Nate & Katherine

    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.

    Thank You So Very Much for Your Support! ~Chris Jerry

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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 ( 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 or If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.