Dave Bunoski

Safer Airway Management

In the fall of 2013, my husband Dave Bunoski and I were spending the weekend at our cottage on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We had purchased the weekend home six months prior and we were in love with our little slice of the pie. We’d attended a […] Read More

Deann Merchant

Hand-off Communications and Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis

I’m an artist, an advocate, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and most recently a victim of dental malpractice. I was actively pursuing my passion as a Semi-professional “Singer/Song Writer/Radio Host/Animal Activist” until the reality of declining health forced me out of everything I loved and […] Read More

Diana Brookins

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

Diana Christine Brookins was born on a snowy February afternoon at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1979. She died on July 25, National Patient Safety Day, 2004. For 25 years, she was the life and light of her immediate and extended family and an entire community […] Read More

DJ Sterner

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs), Monitoring for Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression, and Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis

On September 19, 2010, I suffered the greatest loss of my life. My husband, Donald James (DJ) Sterner died unexpectedly and needlessly due to a food poisoning infection he contracted while an inpatient at a Texas hospital. In short, his intestines were broken down by Clostridium […] Read More

Don Newton

Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis

My father felt something while fishing back in April 2017. He broke several vertebrates in his neck. After a 12 hour surgery, a stroke, and loss of moment on his left side he survived the surgery. During his last week in the hospital, he received a […] Read More

Donna Helen Crisp

Culture of Safety, Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs), Medication Safety, Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis, Access to Acute Psychiatric Beds, and Hand-off Communications

Upon entering a large teaching hospital for surgery one hot summer morning, I expected to go home the next day, to rest and recover before going back to work the following week.  Unfortunately, fate had a different plan for me.  My surgeons unknowingly damaged my bowel […] Read More

Drew Hughes

Safer Airway Management

At the time, I was working in the information services department at our local hospital. I was still at work when one of Drew’s older brothers called to tell me Drew had an accident on his skateboard. Drew grew up skateboarding around the neighborhood with his friends. They would go from house to […] Read More

Emily Jerry

Medication Safety

Emily Jerry was diagnosed with a yolk sac tumor about the size of a grapefruit when she was about 18 months old. Her doctors and nurses assured me that Emily’s cancer was not only treatable, but curable. Emily endured months of surgeries, grueling testing, and rigorous […] Read More

Gabriella Galbo

May 1, 2012 was the start of a week which would forever change our lives. Gabby was a vivacious, funny, and smart five-year-old girl who loved cupcakes, animals, and spending time with her family. She had the sense of humor of an adult, and was the […] Read More

Gianna Rose Kovacs

Optimizing Obstetric Safety and Optimal Neonatal Oxygen Targeting

It was a normal, uneventful, joyful pregnancy, albeit filled with a little anxiety since our first pregnancy ended in a “missed miscarriage” just three shorts months into our marriage. I was thrilled to be pregnant again after losing our first child at 9 weeks’ gestation and […] Read More