Featured Patient Stories

  • Alyssa Hemmelgarn

    Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis
  • Audrey Curtis

    Post-operative Delirium in Older Adults
  • Benjamin King

  • Jack Gentry

    Culture of Safety and Person and Family Engagement
  • Katherine Kay

    Post-operative Delirium in Older Adults
  • Sam Morrish

    Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis, Hand-off Communications, and Culture of Safety

Alex James

Culture of Safety, Medication Safety, and Hand-off Communications

Nineteen-year-old Alex James, a Texas college student, collapsed while running on a university jogging path in the late August heat. He recovered and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where tests showed a low potassium level and an abnormal heart rhythm called a long […] Read More

Alicia Cole

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) and Surgical site infections (SSI)

Alicia Cole had been a successful working actress whose only experience with healthcare was playing doctors on TV. All that changed, however, when she learned in 2006 that she needed a “routine” procedure to remove two small uterine fibroids. Originally, she was scheduled to be home […] Read More

Alyssa Hemmelgarn

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis

My name is Alyssa, and this is my 4th grade picture; I’m nine. This is also where time stopped for me. I won’t grow any older. I won’t graduate from High School, attend college, get married, have a family or career. The impact I have on […] Read More

Amanda Abbiehl

Medication Safety and Monitoring for Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression

As parents of a teenage daughter, our worst fears were that our daughter would become pregnant, take drugs, or drink and drive. Never did we imagine that our daughter would go into a hospital with an infection, be hooked to a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump to […] Read More

Anna Gunn

In 2012, Anna’s world turned upside down when she was diagnosed with bone marrow failure (myelodysplastic syndrome). This disease stemmed from her previous treatment for breast cancer; she was treated fifteen years earlier. At the time of her bone marrow failure diagnosis, everything else in her […] Read More

Audrey Curtis

Post-operative Delirium in Older Adults

Audrey Curtis was a recently retired credit controller. After several years of cardiac symptoms, such as shortness of breath, investigations revealed she needed her aortic valve replaced. Audrey was admitted to the hospital on 29th March 2017 for her operation scheduled for 30th March for replacement […] Read More

Benjamin King

We had a complicated delivery with our first son, Oliver. It started as a home birth and resulted in an emergency C-section in hospital. One year later, when we got pregnant with our second son, Benjamin, we were surprised that, despite our traumatic birth history, the […] Read More

Bill Aydt

Culture of Safety, Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs), and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

On an icy February day, a young man suffered a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident. One of his healthy lungs was gifted to my dad, who was near death from pulmonary fibrosis. Dad’s nine-hour surgery at “Super Star” medical center, the #1 transplant unit in […] Read More

Brian Boyle

Every patient in the hospital has a story and an experience. It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice in 2004, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He was airlifted […] Read More

Candace Downing

Medication Safety and Pediatric Adverse Drug Events

Candace’s story is a horrific reminder of the damage medical error can cause. At eleven years of age, Candace was prescribed an antidepressant, not for depression, but for test anxiety at school. After several months with no noticeable change, the dose was doubled. Candace eventually had a […] Read More