Patient Safety

Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients

The public has to know there is a problem before they can demand for it be fixed.

The Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP) is a non-profit organization formed by Alicia Cole and her parents Ron & Betty Cole. Alicia is a Survivor of Necrotizing Fasciitis and Sepsis which she contracted following routine surgery at a top rated hospital in August of 2006. After discovering a black dot on her daughter’s stomach Mrs. Cole’s insistence on alerting the doctor was said to have saved Alicia’s life.

During the two month hospital stay the Cole family learned firsthand the importance of awareness of hospital acquired infections and the necessity for adherence to vital infection prevention safety standards. Alicia had joined over two million Americans who, according to the Centers for Disease Control, developed nosocomial infections during the course of their treatment. Sadly, of those infected, an estimated 103,000 patients died.

Understandably, The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations has recommended all patients entering a hospital have a patient advocate with them.

This site was started as a way to pull together grassroots advocates, survivors and medical providers working to improve our healthcare system. Hopefully there will be someone who joins from every area of the country and every level of expertise.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience...and tell a friend to check us out.

Blog Posts

2-year-old Marysville girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria

2-year-old Marysville girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria

SEATTLE — A Marysville child is in the hospital after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria.

Valorie and Bryan Chalk say their 2-year-old daughter got a rash on her leg May…


Posted by Doreen Mulman on June 4, 2013 at 4:00pm

Joint Oversight Committee Sunset Hearing re Medical Board of CA

On March 11, 2013 I joined ASAP founder, Alicia Cole, and 3 other advocates from to the Joint Oversight Committee Sunset Hearing re of Medical Board of CA at the Capitol in Sacto. Safe Patient Project director Lisa McGiffert and advocates Alicia Cole, Jack French and Tina Manasian testified. Also in attendance were Grass Roots organizer from Safe Patient Project Daniela Nunez, fellow advocate Lois Daniels and consultant Maryann O'Sullivan. It was an educational and…


Posted by Rae Greulich on March 13, 2013 at 9:30pm

Some states taking medical board cash

By Andis Robeznieks

Posted: February 24, 2012 - 1:15 pm ET…

Posted by Alicia Cole on February 24, 2012 at 9:22pm

Healthcare Worker Uniforms Carry Resistant Bacteria

Healthcare Worker Uniforms Carry Resistant Bacteria

a Majority of the Time, Study Shows…


Posted by Alicia Cole on September 6, 2011 at 2:50pm

Los Angeles Sees Superbug Invasion

Los Angeles Sees Superbug Invasion

The rise of superbugs sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but as we know all too well, the problem is real. The bacteria are called superbugs because they can make people very sick or kill them and they are resistant to antibiotics. They have become a constant threat in our hospitals -- with…

Posted by Doreen Mulman on June 22, 2011 at 6:00pm


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