Karen Curtiss, BCPA

Infection Prevention and When to Sound the Alarm

Karen Curtiss, Founder and Director, Care Partner Project

When: Monday, July 26, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Room Opens 15 Minutes Early for Networking!

Approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Program Approval Code 18146.

This program will cover the Care Partner Project’s (Previously Campaign ZERO) work around infection prevention and how advocates can be involved in helping a patient avoid infections with knowledge and tools.

Karen Curtiss, BCPA will share Care Partner Project Checklists and other tools for patients and advocates for several types of  hospital infections – and mainly, she’ll focus on simple, practical “how to’s” for preventing them. She will share specific tips on what to look for, what to do, how to spot early warning signs of infection and when to alert a healthcare professional.   Karen will draw on her years of experience as a patient safety activist and advocate, using case studies and storytelling to help participants  understand they can be pro-active and powerful in preventing deadly hospital infections in partnership with the medical team.  Karen will invite participants to share challenges and their own successful strategies to improve advocacy skills in this important area of care that can quickly become dangerous.

 About Karen:

More than 400,000 patients a year lose their lives to accidental cracks in our health care system. Karen Curtiss’s father , Bill Aydt, was one such fatality. She is determined to transform the tragedy of his death from lapses in patient safety into tangible tools other families can use to help ensure their loved ones have the best possible outcomes.  To do this, she gave up a marketing career, consulting to Fortune 500 companies, to scour nursing textbooks, slog through medical studies, and speak with patient safety experts all over the globe to study how hospital care is managed; where cracks in care occur, and best clinical practices to prevent them.

Then she distilled a lot of complex medical information into quick, simple checklists all families can use to safeguard hospital care for their loved ones and support recovery at home. offers these checklists and more as free e-guides. Karen has also built a nationwide network of community speakers for grass roots education on how to navigate the healthcare system with the know-how and confidence to ensure safe care.: (  For those who are uninsured and don’t have any personal support during a health care crisis, The Care Partner Project provides funding for assistance from professional patient advocates.

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Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy program, ‘Infection Prevention and When to Sound the  Alarm’ is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Program Approval Code 18146.  Please be sure to use this Approval Code when registering and when payment is made.

Pulse charges a separate fee of $20 to process Continuing Education (CE) and certificates. Approval code 18146. Fee for 1 CE is $20 payments may be made here   Use approval Code # 18146 when making payment.

About ACES

MISSION: To create a national venue to welcome and engage patient advocates, regardless of background or training, to share knowledge, experience and resources to improve the effectiveness of all persons who serve others as patient advocates.   

ADVOCATES: Patient advocates have diverse backgrounds & experience.  

Independent Patient Advocates 

Professionally trained patient advocates, who through education & training, are qualified or certified to provide patient advocacy services privately to individuals and groups.  

Institutional (Assigned) Patient Advocates 

Professionally trained patient advocates, who through education or experience, are qualified or certified to provide patient advocate services that are employed/paid by an organization, insurer or health care provider.

Caregiver Advocates 

Individuals (patients, family members, friends or caregivers) who have become patient advocates as a result of their knowledge and personal experience as a caregiver that has accepted responsibility for advocating on behalf of a patient.

PROGRAM: A 1-hour meeting on Zoom.  Topics are selected in advance from participant suggestions.  Meeting begins with a brief 20-30  minute presentation by subject expert(s) followed by guided group discussion where participants share their experiences. Sessions close with a brief Question & Answer (Q&A) period.  Opportunity for participants to network & share information before and after session.  Polls/surveys will be utilized to elicit feedback on meetings, presenters, issues and future topics.