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Do You Know Your Meds?

Pulse has always been about helping educate members of "the public" about being actively involved in their medical care and most important, preparing to enter the healthcare system. But it's easy to forget that people who work in health care are also members of the public and will, inevitably, be patients one day. We might think "medical staff are trained in this stuff" and that's sometimes true; but do they apply that knowledge to themselves?

Knowing your medications is important. DH writes, "My grandfather was a doctor. In his later years, suffering a thrombosis, he himself became a patient (in the hospital he helped found). One day a nurse came to his bedside with pills and water. 'Those are not for me,' he told her. 'Please go check.'"

"She scolded, 'Now, Doctor, don't be difficult, just take your medications!' He refused, insisting she check again — and of course, he was right. He had saved himself from the potentially catastrophic side-effects of taking somebody else's medication."
Yes, he was a doctor. But the same applies to everyone: being familiar with the medications you take and keeping a list of them at the ready, is a way to avoid being one of the 1.3 million people injured by medication error in the US every year.

See Step 2 of The TakeCHARGE Campaign and d o it (this May)!
Special Event Saturday March 14 th 2020
Please Join Us!

A Long Island kick off to The TakeCHARGE Campaign will be happening on March 14 th at the Freeport Public Library 144 West Merrick Rd, Freeport, Long Island  between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Pick up your form to keep your medical information easily accessible, speak with a patient advocate, meet the pharmacist and let’s talk patient safety. Spanish speaking interpreters will be present to share information!
Have You Started to TakeCHARGE?!
Everyone should take five basic steps to improve their health CARE. Health care is very different than a conversation about your health. The dictionary says “ good health ” means the state of being free from illness and injury, and “ healthcare ” is the maintenance and improvement of  health  through the provision of medical services .

Starting this month, during Patient Safety Awareness Week March 8-14 th , a major Pulse social media campaign will encourage people to focus on their health care and prepare to become a patient leading to better health outcomes. TakeCHARGE will help people improve their chances for better outcomes in their medical care, one monthly Step at a time.

For more information about the campaign, contact [email protected]  

Medication Safety:
Take Charge of Your Healthcare
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Avalon Westbury, Leasing Building, 1299 Corporate Drive,
Westbury, NY 11590

Click on image to the right and get a printable flyer

Our family was frantic! Living with dementia at 98 was hard enough, but Mom's latest fall resulted in a fractured femur and it would be several weeks before she could put any weight on her injured leg.  

This is part of a scenario that will be played out at the next Professionals for Patient Safety meeting:

Monday, March 9 th 2020
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Purchase your meal, or enjoy one of their desserts with coffee and join us!

Professionals for Patient Safety (PPS)                       
        All are welcome – no membership fee
Are you prepared to be a patient? 
Are your friends, family, colleagues and clients?
Learn about what is happening in 2020 and how you can be part of this important work!

At the February PPS Meeting !

The room was filled during the February PPS meeting when Linda Springer led a lively discussion about her book “There’s Always Hope”, a mother’s story of her son living with Multiple Chemical and Electromagnetic Sensitivities. Thank you to all who came out!

Why is Pulse CPSEA Unique?
At Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, we won’t tell you what you should do, we tell you what has worked for ourselves or others.
We Listen, We Learn, We Lead
Come be part of this team!
Change the World with Your Change!
The spare change left from a dollar when using your credit card or debit card can help support Pulse!

Because Every Little Bit
Helps a Lot!
What if you knew you could help advocate for someone who is in the hospital or recently diagnosed with an illness and needs support - or help families advocate for each other. Maybe you can help support the printed literature we bring to patients and their families or help us offer free educational and support programs . . . . all just by donating your spare change! Check out the link below to learn how your spare change, attached to a credit card of your choice, will go to supporting Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy. We have been watching small change donations turn into great support for our nonprofit organization!

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!

“I have donated over $100 in just three months by rounding out my credit card purchases and didn’t even realize it. It comes right off my credit cards and makes me a donor! 
Pulse donor participant   RoundUpApp