Celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week March 10-16

South Carolina hospitals are celebrating Patient Safety Awareness this week in honor of their continued commitment to Zero Harm and a culture of high reliability.

Over the last two decades, South Carolina hospitals have fully embraced this new approach towards improving quality of care and are now a national model for how to implement high reliability programs. It started with our SC Safe Care Commitment, a collaboration with our partners at The Duke Endowment and The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health that has championed a statewide effort at creating a culture of high reliability and reduce harm in our hospitals. Borrowing from the approaches in the aviation and construction industries that Gawande describes in his book, hospitals commit to changing their culture to deliver exceptionally safe and consistently high-quality results over long periods of time in complex, high-risk environments.

Since 2013, we’ve recognized these efforts through our Certified Zero Harm Awards program. The goal of this program is to publicly recognize the progress South Carolina hospitals have made in targeting and eliminating areas of harm, like bloodstream and post-surgery infections through the kind of system and procedural improvement fostered by a culture of learning and accountability. Thanks to those improvements, hospital units across the state are boasting 12, 18, 24 and even as much as 45 months of harm-free stretches, successes which are validated by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

For more information on our Zero Harm Awards program, click here. For more information and resources on Patient Safety Awareness Week, click here.

03-11-2019 09:06 (EDT)