TakeCHARGE Moves to Step #4: Help Prevent Infections — Ask Care-Givers to Wash Their Hands
Patient safety public awareness campaign moves to July's target activity.
By: Pulse CPSEA
Medical staff have been required to do this for many years, but the reality of health care practice means that it doesn't always happen. Today we're all encouraged to do it, but for more than 20 years, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy has been teaching individuals how to insist — respectfully but firmly — that clinicians wash their hands in the patient's presence, even if they claim they did it just before entering the room. In today's crisis, it's more important than ever before.
Now, Step 4!
Now Pulse's message has become Step 4 of the TakeCHARGE Campaign: 5 Steps to Safer Health Care (http://www.takecharge.care/)
According to campaign co-director and Pulse President Ilene Corina, "Most people will perform better when they think they're being observed or assessed, that's only natural . . . That means it's up to us — patients, their families, and professional patient advocates — to keep up the vigilance. When we can demonstrate to healthcare staff that we know about the risks to patients and the measures that can reduce those risks, we may help reduce the death rates too."
People for Patient Safety
The Step 4 hand-washing message will get another boost on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 PM, when the online forum People for Patient Safety (https://pulsecenterforpatientsafety.org/
The TakeCHARGE Campaign (https://www.takecharge.care)
For more information, or to request comment from Pulse President Ilene Corina, please call 516-579-4711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (http:///email-