Karen Curtiss Founder of CampaignZero
My dad, Bill, received the rare gift of a new lung to cure a rare disease — but he never left the hospital. For seven long months, Dad battled back from a cascade of common and preventable cracks in hospital care called “Never Events.” His fate was sealed when he took a fall, which led to pneumonia, a blood clot, two rounds each of C. diff and MRSA, suffering a stage 4 bed sore all the while.
We learned the hard way that nothing in life prepares us to navigate hospital care
for the people we love. My father paid the ultimate price. Dad died on September 23rd. He was one of a thousand deaths that day — and every day — that could have been prevented.
I founded CampaignZERO. to help other families know how to partner with their loved ones’ nurses and doctors. Together, we can provide the safety net every patient needs and deserves. Our simple checklists, vetted by medical experts, quickly list what to watch for, what to do and when to speak up to help prevent the most common hospital hazards. It’s mission critical that we are all prepared to help safeguard our loved ones’ care at hospital bedside — when they need us most.