The Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services, has a national campaign urging patients to take a role in
preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed
participants on the health care team. Speak Up™ encourages the public to:
S - Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don't
understand, ask again. It's your body and you have a right to know.
P - Pay attention to the care you get. Always make sure you're getting
right treatments and medicines by health professionals. Don't assume
E - Educate yourself about your illness. Learn about the medical tests
you get, and your treatment plan.
A - Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor
K - Know what medicines you take and why you take them. Medicine errors
are the most common health care mistakes.
U - Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other type of health
care organization that has been carefully checked out. For example, The
Joint Commission visits hospitals to see if they are meeting The Joint
Commission's quality standards.
P - Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the
center of the health care team.
The Joint Commission has educational infographics on a variety of topics to
help you Speak Up - ranging from anesthesia and pain, to palliative care
and stroke. View the infographics and get more information
to help you take an active role in your healthcare and prevent errors. Or,
view the videos below.