Jessica “Jess” Barnett

I’m Jess, and this is my story. That’s me with the long blonde hair when I was about 12. Around that time I started passing out, especially if something scared me, like if one of my cats jumped up on my bed when I was sleeping […] Read More

Jessica Freed

Hand-off Communications

Jessica was born with a cluster of heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This caused a condition known as Eisenmengers syndrome, which left her vulnerable to both uncontrolled bleeding and unpredictable blood clots. When she was born, the pediatrician didn’t detect her abnormality […] Read More

Joan Donnelly

Optimizing Obstetric Safety, Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum, and Monitoring for Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression

My wife and I met in 2001 and five years later were married in a dream ceremony at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. A year later, we were pregnant with our first child and on May 25, 2008 – a day after my wife’s birthday – […] Read More

John LaChance

Medication Safety and Monitoring for Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression

John LaChance was a Christian who served His Savior at Tabernacle Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, choir member, and trustee with faithfulness and joy for 14 years. He was a well-liked and respected man at church, in the community, and at work. […] Read More

Josh Barron

Medication Safety

It only took a matter of moments for my world to fall part apart that Spring day. We were just a few minutes from our house as we returned from a family vacation when a driver raced through a stop sign and crashed into our vehicle. My […] Read More

Josie King

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs), Medication Safety, Hand-off Communications, and Central Line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)

Josie King was admitted to the hospital after suffering severe burns from climbing into a hot bath. She had healed, and was set to return home two weeks later. Josie died days before she was to be released. She had an undetected central line infection and […] Read More

Justin Micalizzi

Culture of Safety and Medication Safety

On January 15, 2001, Justin Micalizzi, a healthy 11-year old boy, was taken into surgery to incise and drain a swollen ankle. He was dead by 7:55 the next morning, leaving behind two grieving and bewildered parents who desperately wanted to know why their son had […] Read More

Kate Hallisy

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs), Surgical site infections (SSI), Early Detection and Treatment Of Sepsis, and Hand-off Communications

Our daughter Kate lost her life to an incurable cancer. Unfortunately, her journey was made even more challenging by life threatening hospital-acquired infection, misdiagnosis, and significant and permanent loss of lung function from septic shock. We knew that we were facing a great battle with Kate’s […] Read More

Katherine Kay

It was a day in March when my mom, Kathy, casually mentioned to me that she had been having bloody urine for the past few weeks. I asked her if she had notified her physician and she casually stated, “No, I will just watch it.” After […] Read More

Kerry O’Connell

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs)

My second orthopedic surgeon began each day’s medical record with the phrase “Patient Kerry O’Connell is a very personable 48 year-old male with a very complicated arm.” I grew pretty fond of that brief summary of my life. My complications started when I fell off a […] Read More