Bill Aydt with wife, Margaret, and granddaughter, Lily.
Bill Aydt passed away after suffering a dozen common and preventable medical complications following a successful lung transplant to cure pulmonary fibrosis.
Bill’s daughter, and CampaignZERO founder, Karen Curtiss speaks for most of us when our loved ones face a health crisis:
Our family followed conventional wisdom — if you ever need hospital care, take someone with you. As Dad’s “someone’s”, we didn’t have a clue about what to do, or say, especially as he suffered one body blow after another. We thought we could ‘figure it out’ as we went along. But we couldn’t. No one could. Dad paid the ultimate price.
Fueled by grief, anger and regret, Karen spent the next three years researching how she could have been better informed and prepared to help prevent the common hazards in hospital care that took her father’s life (and later, nearly claimed her husband’s with sepsis following “routine” surgery). These hazards are known in the medical community as “Never Events”:
With a little information and our “To-Do” checklists, families can help zero out the Never Events that harm 1-in-3 patients and claim over 400,000 patients’ lives every year.
Tragedy Transformed to Tools
CampaignZERO offers just the kind of quick information and checklists Karen wishes she and her family had when they sat bedside — so hopeful — yet so uninformed about common hospital hazards that harm patients.
We are building a national network of CampaignZERO speakers who offer free community workshops. She often speaks at medical conferences focused on quality improvements in healthcare, and serves on several medical advisory boards.
Partnering with nurse leaders, Mary Foley and Sue McWilliams, Karen developed patient safety training curriculum for nurses. It is endorsed by QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) and is used in patient centered hospitals and nursing schools.
Would you like to use CampaignZERO checklists in your hospital, long term care facility or nursing home, call us! Contact Karen directly at Karen@PartnerHealth.com to inquire about booking her as a speaker, or to apply to become one of our community educators. We’d love to hear from you!