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Great Feedback from OSU speech on Nov. 21

I received the following very nice note from Ken Hale at OSU’s Pharmacy department and wanted to share some of the awesome comments our engagement received from students…

Hi Chris.

One of our faculty members, Bonnie Spiers, collected reflections from our pharmacy students who attended your program at Ohio State on November 21st. I found their feedback to be very thoughtful and encouraging. I thought you might like to see a few specific comments:

“This lecture was beyond beneficial to my future career as a pharmacist. I will take the things I learned through this program and keep them in my mind for the rest of my life as a health care provider.”

“This talk was extremely moving. It changes how I view my future career as a pharmacist”

“This is one event that was especially touching, and I know I will carry it with me throughout my career. It opened my eyes to realizing each medication is for a person, and each person is loved.”

“This lecture was one of the most interesting, inspiring, and heartfelt events that I have ever experienced.”

“This event was extremely unique, and seeing the two of them together (Chris Jerry and Eric Cropp) advocating for safety and awareness was inspiring.”

“I loved this lecture! The College of Pharmacy should do this every year.”

So, as you can see, it seems you achieved your goals in speaking with these future health professionals.

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2011 Recap

Below are a listing of all the speaking engagements and interviews I was a part of in 2011. I hope some of you were able to attend. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2012. A sincere “Thank You” goes out to all those involved with making each and every one of these events a reality.

Emily Jerry Foundation Completed Lectures and Presentations for 2011

Interview with Leon Bibb ABC WEWS “Kaleidoscope”- Cleveland, OH

Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy – Ada, Ohio

Interview with Dr. Charles Denham of TMIT & Eric Cropp for Discovery Channel Segment “ Out of The Danger Zone”- Cleveland, OH

TMIT Webinar entitled “A Hospital Accident: Lessons Learned – A Death, A Conviction, and A Healing”

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation- Cleveland, OH

Sanford Brown College- Cleveland, OH

Pharmacy OneSource Webinar

Multiple Ongoing Webinars with Pharmcon entitled “Emily’s Act Revisited: The Pharmacist, The Family and the Medication Error that Changed Their Lives”

Summa Healthcare- Akron, OH

Catheter Connections- Salt Lake City, UT

Baxa Corporation- Englewood, CO

Union Hospital- Dover, OH

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) IV Patient Safety Summit- Philadelphia, PA

The Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists- Boston, MA

The Rhode Island Society of Health System Pharmacists- Providence, RI

Jewish Hospital- Louisville, KY

University Hospital’s Pediatric Pharmacy Team – Cleveland, OH

Ohio State University Medical Center- Columbus, OH

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Dr. Tim Vanderveen Blogs About Emily Jerry Foundation at Institute for Safe Medication Practices CHEERS Awards Dinner

An awesome blog post by Dr. Tim Vanderveen of CareFusion. I had the pleasure of meeting Tim after the ISMP speech and it was a great experience. We hope to team up early next year on an exciting webcast. As always, I’ll keep you updated via our website. Now without further ado, here is Tim’s blog posting…

Monday, December 12, 2011
A tipping point for preventing IV compounding errors
Dr. Tim Vanderveen – Vice President, Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, CareFusion

Last week, I attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Annual Meeting in New Orleans. While there, I attended the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) CHEERS awards dinner – an annual event to honor individuals, hospitals and companies who have made a difference in patient safety. The dinner event included a speaker, Christopher Jerry, who came to tell the story of his daughter, Emily, a victim of a fatal IV chemotherapy compounding error. Emily was receiving her last round of chemo when the pharmacy technician used 24% saline to compound Emily’s chemo dose instead of the 0.9% saline that was ordered. In an earlier blog, I discussed the second victim of a medication error – the clinician. Eric Cropp, the pharmacist who checked Emily’s chemo dose faced criminal charges and served a six-month jail sentence followed by six-months of house arrest. Partnering with ISMP, the CareFusion Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence hosted a recent webcast that discussed the error and Eric’s experience during his jail sentence.


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    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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