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Joint Commission’s Speak Up Program™

The Joint Commission along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, launched a program in 2002 called Speak Up™.  It encourages patients to take an active role in preventing health care errors by becoming involved and informed participants on their health care team. The Speak Up™ program features brochures, posters, animated videos and now in 2014 infographics, which can be downloaded for free.

Their latest release is Speak Up™ Anesthesia. It was developed to raise awareness of the risks of anesthesia or sedation and precautions that should be taken. The infographic includes a description of types of anesthesia, information to tell your doctor, and precautions you should take before and after receiving anesthesia or sedation. http://bit.ly/1soSkrQ

There are NO copyright or reprinting permissions required for the Speak Up™ materials or copy. All Speak Up™ brochures, videos and infographics are available in English and Spanish. The copy can be translated into other languages by using the text and artwork files provided on the website. Organizations can add their address or logo to the Speak Up print materials as long as The Joint Commission logo is not moved or changed.

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