Sixteen years after my daughter’s tragic death from a sterile IV compounding error, there’s a question that I always ask myself. I know this career path I’ve been on since Emily’s tragic passing is very unconventional, but it… Read More
Chris Jerry Gives Virtual Presentation on Preventable Medical Error at Becton Dickinson’s (BD) U.S. Regional Leadership Meeting
On behalf of the Emily Jerry Foundation, I had the great privilege of being able to give a virtual presentation on preventable medical error at Becton Dickinson’s (BD) U.S. Regional Leadership Meeting last week. As I always do, I felt very grateful to have the opportunity to share many of the personal details surrounding my daughter Emily’s tragic passing. It’s important to me because her legacy, plus the simple fact that we ALL receive healthcare during our lifetime, helps people to truly relate and learn from the important lessons associated with the horrible medication error that took her life in 2006.
I also had a chance to convey a very important message. It was simply that BD’s systems & solutions, are not only improving and impacting the quality of care, for so many patients around the world, they are also helping to save countless lives from preventable medical error too. To that point, even though there are many, I used their Pyxis IV Prep System as a very clear example. It’s designed to help assist in eliminating the probability of “human error” from creeping into the sterile IV compounding process. With its integrated barcode verification, gravimetric technology, ability to immediately detect errors, etc., this IV workflow system, not only would have saved my beautiful daughter Emily’s life…going forward, upon implementation, it stands to save so many others as well. Bottom line, these types of IV workflow systems, are as important to overall medication safety, in the sterile IV compounding process, as seatbelts & airbags are to safety in cars!
During these very trying times that we are all striving to emerge from, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Emily Jerry Foundation this holiday season. Your gift, no matter how big, or how small, will be greatly appreciated. It will help our foundation to be able to continue working on behalf of you and your family, constantly striving to improve medication safety and supporting our ongoing mission to make healthcare safer for everyone, ultimately saving lives from preventable medical error!