Monthly Archives: November 2011

Chris Jerry to be Keynote Speaker at ISMP Cheers Awards & Dinner – December 6, 2011 – New Orleans, LA

I am honored to have been asked by the President of ISMP, Michael Cohen, to be their keynote speaker at the 14th Annual ISMP Cheers Awards and Dinner at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The following is excerpted from a letter by Michael Cohen…

“We at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) are delighted that you have agreed to be the keynote
speaker at the 14th Annual ISMP Cheers Awards and Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The event will be held at the New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Board of Trade Place, New Orleans, Louisiana during the 2011 American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting”.

Below is a downloadable pdf flyer that details the ISMP event. Click on the image to download…

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Follow-Up to November 21 OSU Medical Center Presentation

I gave a lecture last Monday, November 21st, at Ohio State’s College of Medicine in Columbus. Eric Cropp and I did this lecture together and everything went extremely well. We had over 130 students in attendance from OSU’s medical and pharmacy schools. I always look forward to these types of lectures and presentations to our future leaders in medicine. Read the amazing testimonial from Kenneth M. Hale the Assistant Dean for Professional and External Affairs, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. It is truly one of our most powerful recommendations to date!

Thanks to all who were in attendance.

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Michael Cohen, President of ISMP, Writes About Emily Jerry Foundation for

A great heartfelt article was recently written by Michael Cohen, President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit healthcare organization that operates the voluntary and confidential ISMP Medication Error Reporting Program. I am very proud to be affiliated with their organization. Together we can truly change things for the better…

A dad embraces the pharmacist responsible for his daughter’s death

Emily Jerry was just two years old when she died from a medication error made by a hospital pharmacy technician in Cleveland. She had undergone surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy to treat what doctors said was a highly curable malignant tumor at the base of her spine.

According to her parents, Emily’s previous treatments had been so successful that her last MRI showed that the tumor had miraculously disappeared. This last treatment on her second birthday was just to be sure that there were no traces of cancer left inside of her. Tragically, the technician mixed her final dose of chemotherapy improperly, in a saline solution that was 23 times more concentrated than it should have been.

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Pharmacy Practice News: The ‘Second Victims’ Of Medication Errors Begin To Gain Support

Jail time, loss of licensure questioned

by Karen Blum

More than three decades later, Dennis Tribble, PharmD, is still haunted by the memory of one of the worst cases of his professional life. Now the chief pharmacy officer for Baxa Corporation, Dr. Tribble was at that time a pharmacist in a hospital he prefers not to name.

“I had been practicing for a number of years by that time. I failed to note that an adult dose of quinine had been prescribed for a pair of 10-year-old twins suffering from malaria. It put those kids into heart block and almost killed them,” said Dr. Tribble, his voice shaking.

What support did his hospital provide? “One of my bosses sat down with me and said, ‘I think you’ve already beat yourself up a whole lot more on this than I’m going to. You’re going to be a lot more careful, right?’ That was the extent of the counseling I got,” Dr. Tribble recalled. “To this day I look back on that incident in terror. I was functionally at less than half speed for about two weeks after that. I second-guessed every move I made. When this kind of thing happens, you don’t believe in yourself or in the quality of anything you do.”

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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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    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.