The TakeCHARGE Campaign looks to better patient safety by encouraging people to become informed and active participants on their own health care team. It is unique in its approach to directly engage patients and their families to TakeCHARGE of their health care decisions with the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care.
The TakeCHARGE Campaign is an initiative of the Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in empowering and supporting patients and their families to be active members of their health care teams and support them through this journey. To learn more about Pulse’s work visit www.PulseCenterforPatientSafety.org.
Understand and Complete Your Advance Directives
“Advance Directives” is a general name for several kinds of documents you can sign to help ensure that your wishes about medical treatment are known and respected if you are unable to communicate for yourself. Designate someone who can speak on your behalf at times when you can’t.
Keep a Record of Your Medical History and Current Medications
Keep a detailed record of your medical history and all past and current medications, vitamins, and herbs. Bring this information with you to every medical appointment. Tell them about any drug allergies you have.