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Month: August 2011

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.

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..

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.

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 FreeCe.com. 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.

Reminder: Upcoming FreeCE.com 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 www.FreeCE.com 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 www.FreeCE.com now and register. This presentation is also ACPE accredited for one live credit hour for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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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August 11 PharmCon Webinar Receives Great Reviews

Yesterday morning I took part in the following Webinar offered by PharmCon at freece.com:
Emily’s Act Revisited: The Pharmacist, The Family and the Medication Error That Changed Their Lives -LAW-
Continuing Education Credits for Healthcare Professionals

Program Overview
This presentation reviews the effect of a tragic medication error on the lives of the two victims, patient Emily Jerry and pharmacist Eric Cropp. Over the span of four years since the incident, much has changed in the lives of the families involved and in the practice of pharmacy. This compelling and emotion presentation is presented by Eric Cropp and Chris Jerry. This is the sequel to “Emily’s Act: Impact on Public Safety and Medication Errors”, which many participants stated was the most moving continuing education program they have ever attended.

To learn more about the repeat presentation on Thursday, August 25th visit the freece site by clicking here.


Here are some of the reviews we received from participants. I truly appreciate their candor and honesty. I am also ecstatic that I am making a difference in their education by relaying Emily’s story. Comments are below…

Click here to read the rest.

Emily Jerry Foundation Announces Partnership with eBroselow, LLC

The Emily Jerry Foundation and eBroselow LLC are pleased to announce a
partnership to promote pediatric dosing safety and standardization.

Over two decades ago, Dr. James Broselow invented the Broselow Tape to
make pediatric treatments faster and safer. The Broselow Tape, now
used in virtually every emergency room and EMS unit in the US, is
considered the gold standard for pediatric dosing. More recently, Dr.
Broselow and his partner Dr. Bob Luten, a nationally-recognized ER
doctor and author of resuscitation-related courseware, broadly expanded
the concepts of the Broselow Tape in their Artemis emergency pediatric
care software.

Artemis addresses the problem that in EMS and emergency room settings,
code situations requiring acute dosing with children are error-prone.
They are particularly stressful and challenging due to the sensitivity
of children to drugs and due to the complex calculations required.

Contributing to the problem, there is no national standard for acute
pediatric dosing. In 2010, eBroselow and the nonprofit Pediatric
Pharmacy Advocacy group, the worlds largest organization for pediatric
pharmacists, launched the Artemis initiative to address this lack of a

eBroselow is based in Blacksburg, VA and has a shared vision of saving
children’s lives. eBroselow donated the Artemis system to the Haiti
earthquake rescue efforts, with great success. Artemis is available for
hospitals through contacting eBroselow.com. Its companion app, SafeDose,
is available on the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry app stores.