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Heading to Washington D.C. to meet with the FDA as a Part of the IV Technology Coalition

Heading to Washington D.C. for another round of meetings tomorrow afternoon with the FDA. For the past 3 years, I have had the great privilege of being a part of the IV Automation Technology Coalition, comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders (i.e. pharmacists, practitioners, innovators, patient safety advocates, etc.). We have all been on a journey together to improve patient and medication safety in the United States. We believe that technology has tremendous potential and will play a key role in stopping tragedies, like my daughter Emily’s, BEFORE they happen, and will ultimately save countless lives!!

Meeting at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California

My meeting at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County yesterday went extremely well! Unfortunately, due to weather, I didn’t get home until 3:00am this morning! Next week is another busy week. I’ll be heading to Washington D.C., for more meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss medication safety related legislation and preventable medical errors. In addition, while I’m there, I will also be attending and participating in IV automation coalition meetings with the FDA in Silver Springs, Maryland.

One Year Anniversary of EJF Trip to La Rochelle, France!

Hard to believe it has been exactly one year since I was able to spend a few days on a very enjoyable trip for the Emily Jerry Foundation to La Rochelle France 🇫🇷! I had a chance to spend one full day with a new EJF medication safety technology partner, Eurekam. We had very productive meetings and presentations at their offices and then I had the great privilege of visiting the Hospital Center “Saint-Louis” De La Rochelle to see one of their very first clinical implementations of their Drugcam system for the sterile IV compounding of oncology preparations. Afterwards, we all shared an amazing dinner together. I must say, La Rochelle is definitely one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited in France!! I would absolutely love the opportunity to come back next time for an actual vacation here 😁!

EJF Represented at TEDx Talk in Chagrin Falls

I have always been a big fan of TED talks, so when my friend Michael Kasey said he was organizing an independent TEDx talk in Chagrin Falls, about 6 months ago, and wanted to know if I would be interested in speaking about “the power of forgiveness,” of course I said yes!! So we spent the entire morning today, as well as, the first part of the afternoon, filming with a camera crew from NYC, at the Chagrin Valley Little Theater. Everything went really well. Hopefully, we will get everything back from editing in about a month, or so. All of the speakers were absolutely amazing and Michael did a great job producing and hosting his first TEDx event!!

Posted by Christopher Jerry on Saturday, July 20, 2019

EJF Gives 5 Continuing Education Presentations at Texas Children’s Hospital

This past week was very productive for the Emily Jerry Foundation! I was given the great privilege of being invited to Texas Children’s Hospital to give five CE & CME accredited presentations. All five talks were related to patient & medication safety, preventable medical error, and stopping tragedies BEFORE they happen, by focusing on the “inherent human error component of medicine,” and the modification of core systems, processes, and protocols in healthcare. I was extremely impressed with both the frontline clinician/caregiver team, as well as, the executive leadership at TCH, who all appeared to be clearly focused on putting patient safety first at their world renowned facility! Bottom line, Texas Children’s Hospital is truly an amazing place, providing exceptional care to what I feel is our nation’s most valuable asset, our babies and children! 😊

7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science, and Technology Summit

Wrapped up another very productive Annual PSMF World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, with another Keynote from former President Bill Clinton! The event continues to grow and build great momentum around the cause. I am incredibly excited to see where technology can help take us in regards to eliminating the human error component of medicine. The quest pushes onward!

Upcoming Appearance on the Dr. Oz Show

Yesterday, I received word from the producer that the interview I did with Dr. Mehmet Oz back in November, where we discussed preventable medical error, patient & medication safety, forgiveness, etc., is scheduled to air on January 22nd. It was such a great honor to meet Dr. Oz, let alone make an appearance on the show in order to spread the word about our very important cause. From time to time, these scheduled air dates can change. If I hear anything differently I will definitely try and let everyone know. ~Chris

It was a great honor to meet Dr. Oz and make an appearance on his famous show!

“A Fatal Medication Error: The Legacy of Emily Jerry,” a FreeCE Webcast

Yesterday, I participated in a very important educational webcast that was hosted by a great organization called freeCE, which is a subsidiary of Pharmcon. The title of the CE was “A Fatal Medication Error: The Legacy of Emily Jerry.” The day before, on Tuesday, I was told that there were approximately 1,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who were preregistered and would be attending this event.

During the presentation, the following short video clip from the Discovery Channel patient safety documentary where the pharmacist involved in Emily’s death and I were brought together for the first time in 2011, titled “Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami” was shown. Almost immediately afterwards, I began receiving extremely kind and very humbling email correspondence and IMs from many of the participants on the webcast.

I just truly want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for ALL of the support and encouragement that so many of you have provided over the years, many of whom, like those on the webcast yesterday, that I have never even had the privilege of meeting! It’s this type of empathy and compassion that I have received from others that has continually reenergized me during times of doubt and inspired me to forge ahead with this very unconventional career that I have always truly felt in my heart that I have been called to do! The following is one of the emails I received during the CE…

Dear Chris,

As a pharmacist I just viewed the CE program about the tragedy regarding your daughter Emily. Let me start out by saying how truly sorry I am for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you have endured. Your forgiveness and understanding surrounding this issue has inspired me. What an outstanding human being you are for forgiving. Your humanity is truly admirable. Thank you for continuing Emily’s legacy by trying to help the situation and turning your tragedy into something positive. People like you help others retain faith in mankind. Continued success to you in all endeavors.
Sincerely, Richard R. RPh

 

EJF at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

I had the great honor of being invited to speak for the first time at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in North Carolina on September 11th. I gave two 1.5 hour presentations on patient & medication safety to the students and faculty that were very well received. Over the years, even though most of my lectures and presentations for the Emily Jerry Foundation have typically been at the hospitals across the nation, it has always been a top priority, whenever given the opportunity, to speak to our future healthcare leaders, the students.

Some Thoughts on The Emily Jerry Foundation’s 9th Anniversary

I think everyone would understand when I say that, from time to time, I occasionally have doubts and sometimes question whether or not my very unconventional career path and the Emily Jerry Foundation are really making a difference in patient and medication safety overall. Whenever I am having these moments of doubt, it seems that I always get a very kind and gentle reminder from someone, like the one I received yesterday from Kaitlyn, reminding me that it really is making a difference and I must persevere…for that I am so grateful and feel extremely blessed.

“Congrats on your foundation anniversary, though I am sorry there is a reason for your foundation. I was a pharmacy student in Ohio when Emily’s medication error occurred. From the moment I first heard her story, it’s had an impact on my life. I’ve heard your story several times, the most recently at ASHP and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes, especially now that I have two little girls of my own. THANK YOU for taking up this fight and your dedication to this important cause. As part of my job I work with compounding policy and procedures and I think of your family often. You are truly making a difference in the world, and I hope that with continued effort a system can be shaped and maintained where there don’t have to be stories like Emily’s.” ~Kaitlyn B.