In 2016, a report from Johns Hopkins estimated that more than 250,000 people died each year as a result of medical errors.  And despite the best efforts (and many successes) of doctors, nurses and health care providers, the number of patients who die from medical errors each year remains the same - that's more than 500 deaths per day due to medical errors!    This has to stop!   

The TakeCHARGE Campaign is an ambitious public awareness campaign to help empower people as patients in the health care system.  When patients and their families understand patient safety and the risks associated with care, they can have a dramatic impact on reducing the risk of harm, including death, as a result of medical errors.  

The TakeCHARGE Campaign uses the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care to teach patients and their families to become active members of their care team and take responsibility for their own safety.  Learning how to be informed patients before a crisis strikes can improve medical outcomes for everyone.  Preparing someone to be an informed patient when they are at their most vulnerable and already in the healthcare system is like teaching CPR while someone is having a heart attack.  We need your help to share this message!

The TakeCHARGE Campaign is unique in its approach to directly reach the general public before and after they become patients, teaching them to TakeCHARGE of their health care decisions and help to improve patient outcomes.  Research shows that when patients are engaged in their health care, there can be measurable improvements in safety and quality.  Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy has years of experience working with the public and supporting people as they navigate the healthcare system and become patients.  

The TakeCHARGE Campaign will help us reach more people!   Your support in helping to spread the TakeCHARGE Campaign message to people who need this information is crucial in making healthcare safer.

      The 5 Steps to Safer Health Care! 

1.   Understand & Complete Your Advance Directives 

2.    Keep a Record of Your Medical History & Current Medications 
3.    Prepare for Doctor Visits / Make A List of Questions 
4.    Prevent Infections / Ask Caregivers to Wash Their Hands 
5.    Use an Advocate / Be an Advocate for Others

You can also become a partner of The TakeCHARGE Campaign – contact us to learn more!

TakeCHARGE is a grassroots national campaign sponsored by Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy - Please join and partner with us!

Your Support Can Help Us Continue