Prevent Medical Error (PME)


Prevent Medical Error (PME) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. As part of our mission to advance best practices that mitigate medical errors, we will be posting and/or reposting information and links to help you, your family and your providers make the best decisions during the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease that it causes, COVID-19.

Please note that none of the information on this site is a substitute for CDC  and WHO information and/or instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.

Flattening the curve will save lives

A flattened curve means that SARS-CoV-2 is spreading slowly and staggering the rate of people who develop COVID-19. This buys first responders, doctors, and pharmacists time to mobilize and best utilize scarce resources to treat people and save lives.


Simple ways to keep safe and help flatten the curve:

    • Self-quarantine; if you need to go out for essentials, maintain at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
    • When you return home, throw your clothes in a bag and spray disinfectant on them or wash them. Wash your hands and face or take a shower. Wash your towel, wash cloth, and/or hand towel.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds plus, the length of time that it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
    • Keep your hands and hair away from your face. Sanitize hair accessories.
    • Wash and dry hand towels, wash cloths, dish cloths and pillowcases in hot water and more frequently.
    • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet with as few processed foods as possible.
    • Do not stop or start any new prescription drug, supplement, over the counter medicine or diet before talking with your doctor and pharmacist.
    • Keep your list of medications, supplements and over-the counter drugs updated and available to providers and first responders.
    • Maintain a good self-care practice and a healthy sense of humor.

Click here  for a video by Dr. David Price from Weill Cornell Medical Center: “Empowering and Protecting Your Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Self -triage tools can help you decide if you need medical attention and who to call: STAT NEWS; CDC

What to do if you might have COVID-19

CDC Information and Self Check tools

If you or someone who lives with you has a fever or cough, and you fear it might be COVID-19, contact your doctor.

The CDC's What To Do if You Are Sick page is a good source of information that includes a self-checker to help you decide if you need more care.

Medical professionals may direct you to go directly to the CDC’s COVID-19 testing and self- checker page.


Another self-triage tool


This tool was developed with the help of primary care physicians using the latest recommendations from the CDC. While it is not a substitute for your doctor, it will help you determine what to do if you think you might have symptoms or may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2.

Stat News has more information on The self-triage tool to help you decide if you need medical care for Covid-19 and what to do next.

Click here  to get started with the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Self-Triage tool.

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