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March 16, 2022

SCHA Recognizes Zero Harm Winners During Patient Safety Week

SCHA is celebrating the national Patient Safety Awareness Week by recognizing the work of hospital members that have institutionalized its Certified Zero Harm Awards to reduce harm to patients.  

The program was launched in 2014 to prevent medical errors by recognizing hospitals that could demonstrate at least 12 consecutive months without a harm event in specific categories. In 2021, 58 hospitals, representing two-thirds of SCHA members, won at least one award. 

Collectively, those awards accounted for: 

  • 53,323 central line days without harm; 
  • 314,414 patient days without harm; 
  • 5567 surgical procedures without harm; 
  • 1,729 hospital days avoided, and  
  • $5.7 million in projected savings eliminating harm events. 

Governor Henry McMaster recognized the Certified Zero Harm program is a proclamation declaring March to be SC Zero Harm Patient Safety Month.  

As a reminder, a full list of the 2021 award winners is available at this link.