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Mission: The Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP) is a non-profit 501c3 education and awareness organization. We are dedicated to sharing life-saving information about the dangers of hospital-acquired infections, now the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Hospital-acquired infections account for more deaths each year than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic deaths combined. Our goal is to educate and protect patients, healthcare workers and the public as a means to end the spread of preventable hospital-acquired infections. ASAP is committed to empowering patients to make informed decisions and become proactive participants in their own healthcare. Our organization was started by Necrotizing Fasciitis Survivor Alicia Cole and her parents Ron & Betty. Following ‘routine’ surgery to remove uterine fibroids, Alicia contracted a near fatal hospital-acquired case of flesh-eating disease. While still healing from six additional surgeries necessitated by the infection, she began using her experience to educate others via emails, letters and websites - adamant that no other family should have to endure such a horrendous life-threatening ordeal. Sadly, every year 2 million Americans contract dangerous infections as a result of treatment in a hospital, of those the CDC states over 100,000 will die. As we look to the future one thing is clear…there is a growing need for a grassroots patient safety organization like ASAP. Infection rates are climbing rapidly and the devastating physical, emotional and economical impact of hospital-acquired infections on its victims, their families, and our country is astounding. As part of its mission, ASAP works with established advocacy groups, health professionals, healthcare educators and legislators, to spread awareness and effect a positive change. With donor support, we can increase our efforts to: 1. Educate and Protect 2. Share FREE life-saving literature 3. Donate supplies and assistance to survivors in need 4. Produce educational PSA’s and videos Please join us in the fight to save lives! Your tax-deductible donation of any amount will go a long way in helping to end the suffering caused by preventable hospital-acquired infections. At ASAP, we are committed to doing the work, but we can’t do it alone.

Geographic areas served: National Organization

Programs: ASAP has a continuous 'STAMP OUT STAPH' Postcard Campaign to spread awareness and educate the general public, caregivers and elected officials about the 2 million Americans who contract Staph and other preventable infections during the course of their hospital stay. Our goal is to educate patients on how best to protect themselves and increase the priority placed on infection prevention by caregivers. We know that our outreach efforts are working because every mailing increases the amount of traffic on our website. We have received many emails thanking the organization for the life-saving information consumers have found there.

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Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole has an emotionally moving and important story to tell regarding the short comings of our healthcare system. She is a very talented presenter who is enduring a significant handicap. Her willingness to share her story so others will never have to endure what she is currently going through is a strong motivator for healthcare professionals to change the system. To become more patient centered and less profit driven.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole is founder of the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP). She was one of the keynote speaker at the 2010 Conference for Healthcare Transparency and Patient Advocacy in Lexington, KY. Her message was riveting and relevant. As she shared her story you could hear a pin drop. After being the victim of a iatrogenic infection (hospital acquired), she has chosen to channel her energies (in spite of ongoing health issues) as a patient advocate to help make healthcare safer for others. All laypeople and healthcare workers from the bedside to the C-Suite should make an effort to hear Alicia speak. GO! Hospital acquired infections kill > 90,000 people each year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is s non profit agency that is truly advocates for patients. Lisa Cole, CEO of the organization is a true believer of patient awareness and safe practice in the medical field. I fully support this type of organization and find it to be one that truly has the right of patients at the heart. Please join or support this organization. Any and all of help is needed to make sure that patients will always have safe and clean medical practice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole blessed my high school academy in the month of september of 2009. I attended Blair High Schools Health Careers Academy in the city of Pasadena, where over 200 future health professionals are trained and given the tools to be amazing leaders in healthcare. As future health professionals we were always looking for ways to learn the business as much as possible. Mrs Cole agreed to share her amazing story of survival from MRSA. She tugged at the heartstrings of students and parents alike and gave us all great assurance of what our future was to look like that day. Her story of a hospital aquired infection proved to us that there are flaws in the health profession and made us determined to fix them in our bright futures. The city of Pasadena greatly thanked Ms. Cole for her time and courage and truly was one of the most memorable experiences yet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, my friend Lisa almost died from a hospital infection. Fortunately, she survived. Lisa promised herself that if she survived, she would share her experiences and educate the public. Because of Lisa's near death experience, Alliance For Safety Awareness For Patients was born. ASAP is Lisa's way of keeping her word and showing her committment as an advocate working to educate the public on hospital infections as well as ways to prevent hospital infections. There is no doubt in my mind that Lisa's efforts will have a direct result on reform and accountability for those who have been affected...and sadly, for those who stand to be affected by these types of infections. Lisa is one of the few to survive such an experience. Through difficult times and stressful situations, Lisa consistently keeps her word to be an advocate for this cause. Considering all that Lisa has gone through, she is being very selfless and courageous as she shares her experiences and educates the public.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Alicia Cole, the founder of ASAP, has been one of the greatest inspirations of my life. Her mission to help save lives has touched me in so many ways. I'm so inspired by her tenacity and determination to make a difference in this world. I share her story and her mission all the time; others are left not only inspired, but also educated about hospital infections and what they need to do to protect themselves and their loved ones. My hope is that by sharing Alicia Cole's journey, I'm also helping ASAP save lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, I phoned a friend of mine in panic. One of the young women in my family was in the hospital with something the doctors could not diagnose. We were having trouble speaking with them and concerned that the right tests were being performed. My friend referred me to Alliance For Safety Awareness For Patients. I went on their website and received information on how to speak with the doctors, was comforted in what we needed to know about her long stay in the hospital and became pro-active in her treatment; in the doctors finally finding out what was wrong with her and a peace of mind came over us because we were able to speak to the doctors with a knowledge of what to ask for. Our emotions weren't getting in the doctors' way any longer. We were calmed. I recommended this organization to many friends. I'd never seen a website like this. It is full of information that is very clear and easy to read. It put the power back into my family's hand, which made for a speedier recovery because we, again, were no longer just operating from emotion. I think this is a very valuable service. I honestly do not have any constructive criticism. I found this website to be thorough and easy to navigate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to contribute my time to this extremely beneficial organization. I am not only a personal friend of Ms. Cole but an admirer of her fight and struggle of a very important cause. She not only took on this monumental challenge, for her own necessity, but from the beginning of her ordeal, thought of how others were facing similar situations. Against every obstacle, health, financial, legal, and on and on, she gathered the fortitude to pick up the metaphoric slingshot to take on the Goliath challenge that has created this noble nonprofit. I am forever grateful for what ASAP does and even more gratefully will continue to help wherever and whenever I possibly can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly referring my pre-med students, pre-dental and nursing students, friends and family to the ASAP website for patient safety and medical information. It is a great resource. Not only is the information important but it can help save lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with an abundance of crucial information for anyone needing information navigating the hospital/ healthcare system. Alicia Cole is an inspiring and charismatic speaker who has shared the tribulations of her life experience with the hope that it will prevent others from suffering the same ordeal. As a middle school teacher of students with high-functioning autism at an at-risk low performing school, I am hoping that sometime in the future, she will be able to visit my school to educate and empower our youth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a surgical nurse for 30 years, and because of Ms. Cole's story, I initiated Terminal Cleaning in the Surgical Suites at the facility where I work. I cited references on MRSA/Staph, and gave her Web address as proof of the devistation that MRSA/Staph can cause to the human body.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of a near-fatal infection that my father brought home from his HMO and passed on to me. I wish I knew then what I know now! I have been a volunteer for ASAP since its beginning. I hand out brochures at doctor's offices and drugstores, post life-saving information online and create computer graphics. Everyone has to see a doctor or be hospitalized at some point in their life; It gives me great pride to know that, through ASAP, I have helped people have a better chance of avoiding infection and/or medical errors. Alicia's energy and caring knows no boundaries. It has been a great honor knowing her and volunteering my time to her endeavors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My father has been in-and-out of the hospital during the last few years. I am embarrassed to share with you my ignorance of the numerous and various ways in which germs and illnesses are spread and how rapidly they can spread. ASAP (Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients) provided me with excellent information on how to make my father's hospital stays shorter and safer... from asking medical staff to wash and sterilize their hands BEFORE putting on their gloves to washing their stethoscopes before using them on my father, plus much, much more. I am grateful for the fully practical information and suggestions this charity provides and for the kindness Ms. Cole showed when I spoke with her in this regard. You can deal with Ms. Cole with confidence, knowing that her information and strong, kind-hearted nature could save your life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Ms. Cole at an outpatient PT clinic where she told me about her involvement of ASAP. As a future health care provider, her personal story made me much more aware of the safety standards that need to be enforced and increased. I believe that ASAP is a catalyst in pushing safety awareness for patients in a much needed manner, but not just safety for patients, but for the general public as well. Knowledge is power, but actions are crucial.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tragedy strikes and dumps you at a crossroad. You take the uphill path and attempt to make a change in the world so that others will not suffer the same painful experience, or worse. Laws have already been impacted by this amazing woman on her journey for accountability and integrity within the healthcare industry. This organization conveys lifesaving information that will impact each one of us at some time in our lives. ASAP provides education for patients and their families, responsibility for healthcare providers, and it's founder, Alicia Cole, is an inspiration for all of us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I made an online PSA for Kidsafe. It was very helpful to me, my school and lots of kids who did not know about deadly infections. I am happy that Alicia is doing this to let people know how to stay safe. I think one day this will save a lot of lives in America.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be a part of the work that ASAP for patients is doing! It's so important to inform the public about hospital infection rates, prevention and simple ways to protect ourselves from dangerous infections. I love to help get the word out by organizing fundraising opportunities like a holiday boutique or jewelry sales and spreading the word in any way possible about this organization. Through it's campaigns, Alicia Cole has directly helped the public by participating in the Governors' Board for infection reporting of hospitals, and speaking to medical students to help them understand the importance of preventing/treating infectious diseases properly in order to save lives. Allowing her to do more with this organization through donations and support is very important and someday can help save the life of your loved one!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend told me about her niece who'd gone into the hospital for a minor procedure and developed life-threatening symptoms. I sent her to the ASAP website and suggested that she give Alicia a call. Alicia spent more than an hour going over a checklist of what the girl's parents should do and questions they should ask her doctors. This service was offered free-of-charge and was very beneficial to the girl's parents and ultimately to their daughter's recovery

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ASAP is an amazing organization run by an amazing woman who has, as her close friends and family watched and helped, been on an amazing journey of recovering from a hospital acquired infection! She is doing wonderful things to bring a voice to the many that have never been heard! This organization is needed and valued in the community-both medical and at large. This organization and its founder are and will continue to do amazing things to help others...they need your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an educator working in school counseling I have had the pleasure of introducing Ms. Cole to my students. Although her plight has greatly changed her life, she has been a relentless warrior in educating young people about the importance of being responsible and accountable, particularly if the choose to pursue a career in healthcare. I was most impressed by the pledge she encourages future healthcare providers to make by promising to make infection control and patient safety a part of their daily routine.

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