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Emily Jerry Foundation Announces Partnership with eBroselow, LLC

The Emily Jerry Foundation and eBroselow LLC are pleased to announce a
partnership to promote pediatric dosing safety and standardization.

Over two decades ago, Dr. James Broselow invented the Broselow Tape to
make pediatric treatments faster and safer. The Broselow Tape, now
used in virtually every emergency room and EMS unit in the US, is
considered the gold standard for pediatric dosing. More recently, Dr.
Broselow and his partner Dr. Bob Luten, a nationally-recognized ER
doctor and author of resuscitation-related courseware, broadly expanded
the concepts of the Broselow Tape in their Artemis emergency pediatric
care software.

Artemis addresses the problem that in EMS and emergency room settings,
code situations requiring acute dosing with children are error-prone.
They are particularly stressful and challenging due to the sensitivity
of children to drugs and due to the complex calculations required.

Contributing to the problem, there is no national standard for acute
pediatric dosing. In 2010, eBroselow and the nonprofit Pediatric
Pharmacy Advocacy group, the worlds largest organization for pediatric
pharmacists, launched the Artemis initiative to address this lack of a
standard.

eBroselow is based in Blacksburg, VA and has a shared vision of saving
children’s lives. eBroselow donated the Artemis system to the Haiti
earthquake rescue efforts, with great success. Artemis is available for
hospitals through contacting eBroselow.com. Its companion app, SafeDose,
is available on the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry app stores.

Feedback from Pharmacy OneSource Webinar – July 27, 2011

It’s always exciting for a speaker to hear how his/her presentation was received by the audience. Below are some examples of feedback Pharmacy OneSource obtained from attendees after the free webinar:

“Very insightful. I highly appreciate both sides of the story and how you both have come through the pain to help others not have this occur. God bless you both. Thank you.”

“Excellent work. Continue to stress the systems aspect of patient safety.”

“Great topic to bring awareness… Stories are the best way to get people thinking and changing with regards to patient safety.”

“Great. Have heard Chris and Eric before but more details available today, which was very helpful.”

“This was the best webinar I have every attended. I would love for the foundation to sponsor support groups both external and internal to organizations that experience harmful or fatal errors.”

“Both presentations were very compelling and clearly delineated that there are hidden victims in such tragedies. It was helpful to learn the speakers’ advice on what can be learned/improved from this incident and also helpful to learn what the hospital has changed as a result. Excellent.”

“I am non-clinical and this story was very inspiring and informative. Thank you.”

“This was excellent and definitely sheds light on both perspectives. Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for sharing you stories. It motivates me to pay attention to every detail and do what I can to make things better for the patients I care for.”

“Hello this is Jeanetta Mastron CPhT BS Chemistry Pharmacy Technician Educator here with my Class of students in Signal Hill California. Students are required to do a research paper on Little Emily and discuss medication errors and prevention of med errors. Passing a test in which one has read/studied a book instead of didactics in a classroom and practicing mock labs and an externship is not the SAME! Education must be standardized adn made MANDATORY across the USA! Been a national advocate for techs for over 20 yrs saying the SAME thing. Please continue to advocate for this too! Thank you! Feel free to contact me if I can help in any way in the persuit for pharm tech national standards. 714-269-5031 rxjm2002@yahoo.com”

“Thank you so much for sharing you stories. It motivates me to pay attention to every detail and do what I can to make things better for the patients I care for.”

Recommendation Letter from Sanford-Brown College

I was honored to be a guest lecturer to Sanford-Browns students on the Cleveland Clinic campus a little under a month ago. It is therapeutic for me to tell my story and know that I am taking action, and helping the cause so other parents never have to go through the struggle my family has.

Pharmacy Technology Program Director Kristen Kay Malacos and Christine Koch, President of Sanford-Brown were kind enough to write a recommendation letter on my behalf. I have posted it below:

Sanford-Brown College
July 20, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a letter expressing my personal recommendation for
Mr. Chris Jerry. Mr. Jerry has been an extremely beneficial
resource for my students, and has provided them with vital
information for preparing for a career in pharmacy technology.

On June 30th, 2011, my students were given the opportunity
to hear Mr. Jerry speak at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in
Cleveland, OH. My students and I were amazed with his story,
and impressed with his motivation, courage, and strong desire
to advocate for patient safety and patient caregivers. Since
his speech, I have noticed a huge difference in the determination
and focus of my students. Mr. Jerry’s compelling message has
inspired them to become better students, so eventually they can
become even better pharmacy technicians. Sanford-Brown College
is grateful for having been given the opportunity
to hear his powerful message.

I would highly recommend Mr. Jerry for a speaking engagement.
He gives an inspiring talk about forgiveness, compassion, and how
to turn a tragedy into an opportunity for change. Through his relentless
work on the Emily Jerry Foundation, he is also providing an outlet
for both caregivers and patients, who are victims of medication errors,
to tell their story and get support from the pharmacy community.
Mr. Jerry has been a huge benefit for future pharmacy technicians
from Sanford-Brown College, and I hope other pharmacy workers,
both future and current, can have this same opportunity.

Sincerely,

Kristen Kay Malacos, Pharmacy Technology Program Director

Christine Koch, President

17535 Rosbough Drive, Suite 100 I Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
p: 440.239.9640 I f: 440.239.9648


To download a pdf of the recommendation letter click here.

Chris Jerry to be Keynote Speaker at Patient Safety Summit – Philadelphia, PA

I am very proud to say that The Emily Jerry Foundation has just established a strong partnership with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).  In fact, I was just asked by Michael Cohen, ISMP President, to be their keynote speaker at their upcoming Patient Safety Summit in Philadelphia on October 24th.  Eric Cropp will also be accompanying me and presenting at the summit as well.  Their website is www.ismp.org.

Announcing: FREE Webinar! – July 27, 2011 – with Chris Jerry & Eric Cropp at PharmacyOneSource.com

How a Fatal Medication Error Led to Patient Safety Advocacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 12, 2011 – Bellevue, Wash. – Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Quantifi, a medication error documentation and reporting tool, is hosting a complimentary webinar with Christopher Jerry and Eric Cropp on “The Emily Jerry Story.”

Learn how the tragic story of two-year old Emily Jerry’s untimely death from a medication error in Ohio in 2006 has positively impacted the entire patient safety movement. Emily’s father Christopher Jerry turned tragedy into triumph through the establishment of The Emily Jerry Foundation and the passage of “Emily’s Law” in Ohio in 2009. Hear the compelling story of how Cropp, the pharmacist involved in Emily’s death, and Jerry have teamed up in Emily’s honor in an effort to make medical facilities safer for everyone, especially our children!

The Emily Jerry Story
DATE: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
WHERE: http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars

Read the entire news release here.

Register for the Webinar at PharmacyOneSource.com/webinars.

Chris Jerry to Take Part in Patient Safety Lecture Sponsored by Summa Healthcare – August 17th – Akron City Hospital – 7:30am

I am excited to announce my participation in the upcoming patient safety lecture with Summa Healthcare on August 17th at Akron City Hospital’s Raymond C. Firestone Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:00am.  This lecture should be to a larger audience due to the fact it includes all of the caregivers from Summa Healthcare including physicians, interns, etc., in addition to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  Special thanks to Maria Giannakos, PharmD, BCPS, MBA of Summa Health System in Akron who has organized all of this.

More details to come as they are available.

Follow Up to Speech Addressing Sanford-Brown Students on Cleveland Clinic Campus

My patient safety lecture went extremely well last week at the Cleveland Clinic. There were over 350 people in attendance including pharmacists & pharmacy technicians from the Cleveland Clinic and pharmacy technician students from Sanford-Brown College, which sponsored the event. We took a low budget video on my iphone and will be uploading edited clips shortly! The Emily Jerry Foundation is currently planning other talks at the Cleveland Clinic in the near future as well, so watch for announcements on this site.

I am humbled by all the special people that helped make this speech a reality. I’d especially like to convey a special thank you to Sanford Brown College for sponsoring this event, and to the Cleveland Clinic for graciously hosting us.

The following individuals were instrumental in the success and implementation of this worthwhile endeavor:

Kristen Malacos, Pharmacy Technology Program Director, for Sanford Brown College

Dr. Morton P. Goldman, System Director, Academic Affairs and International Business Development, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine CCLCM, Cleveland Clinic

Erin M. Ortiz Blanco, Pharmacy Technician Training Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Shannon Connor Phillips, Quality Officer, Cleveland Clinic

A sincere Thank You to those listed above and to everyone else involved in the event! May this be the first of many more to come.

Chris Jerry Takes Part in TMIT High Performer Webinar with Pharmacist Eric Cropp, Pilot Sully Sullenberger, and others!


The webinar entitled: “A Hospital Accident: Lessons Learned – A Death, A Conviction, and A Healing” was hosted by Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT). The webinar panelists included: Dr. Charles Denham of TMIT, Eric Cropp, Christopher Jerry, Sully Sullenberger – famous for landing his plane on the Hudson River and saving the lives of all his passengers and crew members, Frank Federico, and Matt Listiak.

 

To download a pdf of the slides from the TMIT High Performer Webinar click here.

Emily Jerry Foundation and CDEX partnership announced at PR Newswire locations in Times Square, NY and Las Vegas

Below are some photos of the PR Newswire offices that announced our partnership with CDEX via our press release campaign. It’s such a great feeling to see the progress we are making. The more people who hear our story the more children’s lives that can be saved!


 

 

A "Must See" Documentary on Patient Safety

I’ve been working with Dr. Charles Denham who is the Chairman of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT) and a Senior Fellow at Harvard for their Advanced Leadership Initiative on a number of patient safety projects. These ongoing projects include things like the recent filming of patient safety documentaries for the Discovery Channel like “Out of the Danger Zone”, various patient safety webinars, etc.

Make sure you watch the incredible documentary created by TMIT titled, “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on HealthCare Harm.” Video embedded below…