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May 2020
What Can We Learn from a Pandemic
If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we all really do need to be well-prepared patients. Illness or injury can sneak up on any one of us at any time. We have all read articles, I’m sure, about the construction worker falling off equipment and being rushed to the hospital.

Maybe you know someone who was in a car accident and was unconscious, or maybe you heard about the college student who passed out cold on the ball field for no obvious reason. None of these are planned and none may be life-ending experiences, but they all may lead to a situation where we can’t speak for ourselves and make medical decisions. This means: be sure someone knows what your wishes are regarding life-sustaining treatment, pain medication, or even if you would want a blood transfusion. Even if it’s only temporary, do this for yourself but also for your loved ones so they don’t have to figure it out during such a difficult time.

You should also know your own medical history and have this in writing so others can get to it if you can’t, during that emergency situation. Research says that we should bring someone with us to the hospital; with the way things are now, we can’t even do that. So, the time has come when we really may be on our own, trusting the healthcare professionals we hope are not as scared as we are. What can we do? Become well-prepared patients. Follow the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care and the TakeCHARGE Campaign.

Need a speaker for your organization? We are available via Zoom! Contact Pulse Center for Patient Safety at (516) 579-4711 and we will arrange for a speaker to present on The TakeCHARGE Campaign — 5 Steps to Safer Health Care.
The First Month of The TakeCHARGE Public Health Care Awareness Campaign Was a Huge Success

At a time when the term “coronavirus” is a common everyday word, there is more to it than a disease that is affecting millions of people. When we think of coronavirus, we may think of either those who have died and left loved ones behind, those who are sick and may be suffering with new and unusual symptoms, or those who fear getting sick. Most of us are thinking about (or living out) at least one of these. Read the full article here:  First Month
“Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate”:
 Stories from the Bedside    
Ilene Corina, BCPA, leading national educator and campaigner for patient safety, has published a collection of her stories from the bedside. Titled Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate , the book — a no-holds-barred account of the fight to improve medical safety standards in America — has its origins in Corina’s blog of the same name. The blog has hundreds of stories from her years of activism and advocacy.

Corina says, “Following the death of my young son in 1990 after a tonsillectomy, I learned that medical errors are a serious problem in the United States. By attending medical conferences and throwing myself into the ‘how and why’ of medical injury, I felt empowered to do something to change the system that allowed him, and hundreds of thousands of other children, brothers and sisters, parents and friends, to die or be seriously injured because of the complexities of the healthcare system.  
People for Patient Safety (PPS )        
May 11, 2020 -7:00 PM Eastern NY Time
While so many of us are not leaving our homes, we hope you will join us for a virtual PPS meeting no matter where in the world you are. Registration is required.

As we move through the second month of the TakeCHARGE Campaign during the month of May Step #2, the topic is: Keep a record of your medications and medical history.
Our guest speaker will be
Yashar Rafi, PharmD, of ISMP

Yashar Rafi received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his PharmD from the Jefferson College of Pharmacy in 2013. His interest in medication safety was sparked in pharmacy school when he attended a series of lectures by Hedy Cohen of ISMP. He pursued an Introductory Professional Practice Experience in patient safety at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania which further solidified his interest in medication safety. After graduation, he worked as a community pharmacist in northern California. In addition to medication safety, his professional interests include ambulatory care, health information technology, and data analysis.
Give the Wishing You Well or Memorial Gift that Keeps Giving - While helping to share an important message
When you purchase “wishing you well” or sympathy cards from this site you are supporting the TakeCHARGE Campaign which promotes 5 Steps to Safer Health Care! The donation for cards is $10 each or you can keep some on hand at three for $25. Please be sure to allow time for the cards to be shipped to you. If you prefer, we will send the card for you. Call for more information and for faster service (516) 579-4711. Credit card payments must be made by going to . Go to the "donate" page and use the "pay by credit card" button. For all orders of $25 sent to the purchaser, a TakeCHARGE antibacterial hand sanitizer ( not antiviral) will be included (while supplies last). 
Free Family Advocacy Consultation
Do you and your family want to discuss roles as support for each other? At Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, we help people who care about each other, care for each other. Consider a 30-minute consultation about what you can do to help each other. Contact Pulse at (516) 579-4711

No matter where you are, we can all benefit from the information offered by New York State Wide Senior Action Council, Inc. Telephone Teach-Ins

Thank you to the sponsors of the TakeCHARGE Campaign
Change the World with Your Spare Change

The spare change left from a dollar when using your credit card or debit card can help support Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy!
Go to  RoundUpApp sign up or log in and type in Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy – set your amount and leave your card number. There is nothing else for you to do! Because Every Little Bit Helps a Lot!