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Emily’s Legacy Lives on!

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 5th Annual Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit in Dana Point, California

The Emily Jerry Foundation was honored to be represented by Christopher Jerry as part of the Pediatric Adverse Drug Event Panel discussion at the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) on Feb. 4th during the 2017 Global Summit in California.  The preparation for this important event began at the beginning of December with the drafting of a comprehensive white paper, Actionable Patient Safety Solution (APPS). Click here to download the resulting Executive Summary Checklist associated with APPS.

Dr. Nathaniel M. Sims, friend and ally of EJF, headed up and organized this very important endeavor. Dr. Sims and Chris met in June 2013, when Chris gave a keynote session at the annual Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) 2013 Conference and Expo entitled “Changing the Culture of Medicine-A Father’s Powerful Message”.  Dr. Sims asked Chris if he would be interested in participating in the Medication Errors Panel discussion at PSMF in 2014. The following is a short video that the PSMF produced, where Chris describes Emily’s story. The video was used to start the conversation. Additionally, you can also view the video of the entire Medication Errors Panel Discussion from 2014.

Three years later, flash forward to the Pediatric Adverse Drug Event Panel discussion this year, where the focus was put on saving the lives of the smallest and most vulnerable patients… babies and children. Due to the simple fact that their body weight is so variable, correctly determining the dosage and concentration for any medication is absolutely vital, and clinicians only have ONE opportunity to get it right or tragedies can occur—as in Emily Jerry’s case. Dr. Anne Lyren, Clinical Director of the SPS National Children’s Network, was the ideal moderator of this year’s panel discussion. Dr. Lyren played a vital role in establishing SPS’s Quality & Safety Program. At the beginning of this video, listen to Dr. Lyren’s opening remarks emphasizing how she truly feels about Emily’s legacy, and what we can all learn from what happened. It’s extremely powerful!

Here is a screen capture of the event during the panel discussion as we all discussed our roles in reducing medical errors and dramatically increasing patient safety.

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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.


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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 (www.jonialdrich.com) 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 www.W4CS.com or www.W4WN.com. If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on iHeartRadio.com. Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.