Step #4 TakeCHARGE 5 Steps to Safer Health Care Next week is the final week for the 2021 TakeCHARGE Campaign’s Step #4: Ask your caregivers to wash their hands and help stop the spread of infection.  In the last two weeks I asked two clinicians to wash. They were not thrilled with my request. Once…

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Is Your 18-Year-Old Ready to Leave Home? As young people and their parents start to think about how to prepare for college, don’t forget the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care. Step #1 – Be sure both you and your 18-year-old child have copies of their healthcare proxy form in case they get sick or…

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This article was originally written for The National Patient Safety Foundation in 2014 Are Advance Directives a Patient Safety Issue? Posted By Mark Alpert, Wednesday, April 16, 2014Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014Are advance directives, living wills, health care proxies, and do-not-resuscitate instructions patient safety issues? The P.S. Blog asked two patient safety experts to weigh in…

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I got the phone call that all parents dread.  “Mom, Matt was in a serious car accident on his way home.” I tried to call the hospital half-way across the country to find out what happened to my youngest son. No one would talk to me. They wouldn’t even tell me if he was there.…

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By David Fielding MPH BCPA Engage Caring Solutions When we think of ‘Advance Directives’, most of us prefer to put it off for another day.  “I’ll get to it later.” we say to ourselves.  But what if the emergency happened today and there wasn’t time to prepare?   What is important to you?  Does anyone…

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5-step Patient Safety Public Awareness Campaign Returns in Pandemic’s Second Year. WANTAGH, N.Y. – March 15, 2021 –  After a successful five months of intensive public outreach in 2020, the TakeCHARGE Campaign: 5 Steps to Safer Health Care is back this month, re-launching to coincide with Patient Safety Awareness Week 2021 (March 14-20). As last year, the campaign…

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TakeCHARGE is an ambitious campaign started in 2020 by a team of healthcare professionals and community members working together to reduce the risk of medical errors in the United States by encouraging people to be well prepared if they were to become patients. Even before the pandemic hit, in fact going back more than 20…

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