Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dennis Tribble of Baxa, Blogs about Patient Safety and the Emily Jerry Foundation

A strong patient safety advocate and great guy, Dennis Tribble of Baxa recently posted a moving blog about the Emily Jerry Foundation on the American Society of Health System Pharmacists website. I am very thankful for his efforts in continuing to promote our cause and giving the foundation a larger platform in order to reach many more people. I have copied an excerpt below which I think you’ll enjoy. A link to the full post follows…

A painful experience…
Created By: Tribble, Dennis On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 09:16 AM

I just did something that may be the bravest thing I ever did, or the stupidest… I relived my experience as the maker of a medication error in an article that will be published in Pharmacy Practice News. It’s amazing how clear that memory is, how immediate it is, and how it still affects me emotionally even just to talk about it. That memory is 31 years old.

I think I got started down this road as a result of spending the morning with Chris Jerry. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, he is the father of Emily Jerry, the little girl who died as the result of a tragic medication error in which 23.4% Sodium Chloride rather than 0.9% Sodium Chloride was used to reconstitute what would have been her very last, “just in case” dose of chemotherapy. Chris tells me that the radiological images showing her progress were just incredible; they had only decided to do this dose “to be certain there were no lingering cancer cells”.

Chris talked about Eric Cropp, who he has publicly forgiven, and with whom he speaks publicly about the importance of systems thinking in error prevention, as well as about the need for consideration for what Albert Wu has described as “the second victim” of a serious medical error, the healthcare provider who commits the error.

Talking about his experience brought me clearly back to the day that I learned that I had sacrificed care to the god of productivity, and very nearly killed two children. It is a mistake I never made again, but I was seriously impaired for several weeks after that.

Read the full blog post by clicking here.

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Lecture at Union Hospital Next Week – Wednesday, OCT. 19

I’m genuinely looking forward to giving my patient safety lecture to the accomplished staff of Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio next Wednesday morning, October 19th. The Emily Jerry Foundation is extremely proud and honored to work with medical facilities across the nation like Union Hospital. They are recognized among the top 5% of around 5,000 short-term, acute-care hospitals in the United States and have received both the HealthGrades 2011 Patient Safety Excellence Award, as well as, the 2011 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

Click here to learn more about Union Hospitals HealthGrades awards.

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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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