Pulse Center for Patient Safety Launches "The Pledge" to Mark World Patient Safety Day, September 17

Her son died from a medical error and no one listened or learned from this tragedy.
Now she believes this is a public safety problem, not a healthcare problem.
By: Pulse CPSEA
Michael Corina
Michael Corina
WANTAGH, N.Y. - Sept. 10, 2019 - PRLog -- Ilene Corina lost her son following a tonsillectomy. He was bleeding for days and no one took her concerns seriously – during her four trips to emergency rooms and even in the follow-up with the surgeon a week after surgery everyone she went to said, "Don't worry." Eight days after surgery she held her only child in her arms for the last time before a paramedic took him from her and carried him to an ambulance. Hours later he was pronounced dead. Cause of death: bleeding following a tonsillectomy.

Ilene Corina began a crusade just a few years later, starting with support groups of medical injury survivors in a small church in Freeport, Long Island. Then she began attending patient safety conferences around the country. Medical professionals were sharing among each other reports showing how bad the rate of errors at the bedside was. She was determined not only to make healthcare professionals aware of medical errors, but to make patients also responsible for their own safety. "It's 2019," Corina says. "If the public is still unaware of the need to be an informed and involved patient, shame on them." Corina uses the analogy of wearing a seatbelt. She wears it not because she is a bad driver, but because anyone — such as another driver — can make a mistake. "We need to be prepared," she warns.

Now the World Health Organization has designated September 17th as the first World Patient Safety Day. Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, a nonprofit support and advocacy organization Corina started with other medical injury survivors, that now has medical professionals on the board and involved in patient education, has put the challenge out for World Patient Safety Day. Sign the Pledge and get involved in your own safety.

The pledge consists of five basic goals to meet and share:

1.    Maintain a current list of all medications you take and share it with your Primary Care Physician and family members (include over-the-counter medications);

2.    Keep a list of all past and present clinicians, surgeries and procedures (with dates) and share with your clinicians and family members;

3.    Prepare a list of all your symptoms and questions to bring with you to all medical appointments;

4.    Prepare your healthcare proxy and other Advance Directives to make sure your instructions are followed;

5.    Develop a support system of trusted family members and friends who will help you advocate for safe care.  Offer to help support others with their safe care.

Corina says, "We know bad things can happen at the best places. Medical errors happen at the bedside, not in the boardroom – take the pledge!"

Members of the community and media will be gathering on September 17th 2019 at 2:00 PM at Zona Restaurant (details below) to share stories, receive certificates for taking the pledge, and honor those who have suffered medical injury.

Contact Ilene Corina (516) 579-4711|

Pulse Pledge Event Details
September 17, 2:00 PM
Zona Italian Restaurant
4883 Merrick Road
Massapequa Park  NY  11762


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