TakeCHARGE: 5 Steps to Safer Health Care
The TakeCHARGE Campaign is an annual public awareness initiative aimed at enhancing patient safety by empowering individuals to actively engage in their healthcare. By following the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care, people can become informed participants in their healthcare team.
Kicking off during Patient Safety Awareness Week, the second week of March, and culminating on International Patient Safety Day on September 17th, the campaign focuses on one of the five steps each month from April through August. This outreach continues throughout the year with additional educational materials, presentations, and programs provided by Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy.
The 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare are:
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
If you're interested in learning more about these steps, you can play an active role by sharing this vital information in your community. To get involved or schedule a presentation, contact a Pulse representative at 516.579.4711.
For those passionate about patient safety, TakeCHARGE team meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from April to September at noon Eastern Time. If you're interested in being part of this initiative or want to learn more, feel free to reach out to info@PulseCenterforPatientSafety.org. Let's work together to make healthcare safer for everyone.
TakeCHARGE was made possible with a grant from:
Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy
and the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund