Patient Safety Advocacy, Education and Support
PULSE (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare) of NY leads the nation in grassroots patient safety education. We encourage patients and families to become active participants in their health care. Research shows that involved and informed patients have better outcomes. Unplanned events in medical care cost the economy as much as $29 billion a year. The cost for people affected by preventable medical error is immeasurable.
PULSE envisions a world in which the patient’s voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.
In our work with patients, families and communities PULSE values effective communication, respect, diversity, accountability, honesty, teamwork, compassion, and above all safety.
Since 1996 PULSE has been educating the public about patient safety. Our advocacy training empowers the patient, and the family and friends of the patient, to partner with their health care providers, helping to ensure the best possible outcomes in a person’s medical care.
The PULSE curriculum was developed with national and local leaders in patient safety. Participants in workshops and community programs often share health care experiences which PULSE uses to find solutions and make improvements.
PULSE was founded in 1996 as part of the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Action Committee. PULSE still functions independently thanks to the in-kind support of the congregation.