Be a Healthcare Advocate for Yourself and Your Loved Ones

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Recommended By Patricia Morrill – PM Healthcare ConsultingPWM headshot blk jkt

I encourage you to take the first step to becoming a healthcare advocate for yourself and your loved ones by watching the new documentary “To Err is Human.” This will give you an understanding of why it is important to become a healthcare advocate.

Go to https://www.toerrishumanfilm.com for information on how to watch this must-see documentary. It is well worth the small fee and only 1 hour and 17 minutes of your time.

Another excellent resource for becoming a healthcare advocate is the Patient Safety Movement at https://patientsafetymovement.org and their goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020. The Patient Safety Movement is working diligently to develop and spread information about actionable solutions.

No matter who you are, what age you are, how educated you are or what income you earn, you are at risk of preventable medical harm as it is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Learn how to speak up and ask questions of nurses, doctors and pharmacists. Remember, they are human just like you and me and all humans make mistakes. You know yourself better than anyone else knows you, so you have to make sure you fully understand what is being recommended. If a medication, treatment plan or procedure doesn’t seem right for you, then I strongly encourage you to get a second opinion.

Take action to be safe.  Learn how to say the words “NO,” “WAIT” or “STOP.”  Don’t let anything start or continue that feels questionable to you.

Step up to engage as an advocate for someone else. Being a patient advocate means being present at appointments and taking notes for them.

Also, ask someone to be your advocate. Strive to build a partnership with your healthcare providers. And, please, start spreading information to others about advocacy for safe care.

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I am passionate about spreading information to make preventable harm more discussable so we can reduce the poor statistic that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. By integrating Lean and Project Management methodologies, we can implement organizational change more rapidly.

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