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South Carolina Hospitals’ Zero Harm Approach Leads National Trend

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Hospital-acquired infections have been dropping over the last decade

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a report announcing a downward trend from 2014-2017 in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). The agency’s analysis of preliminary data suggests HACs are down during the period by 13 percent, and this after a previous decrease from 2010-2014 of 17%.  The big headline? A savings of $7.7 billion dollars thanks to the thousands of fewer hospital days for patients who didn’t require avoidable treatment.

South Carolina hospitals have been on the forefront of these efforts for more than a decade and have been leaders in patient safety innovation. We've pioneered programs that have introduced high reliability philosophies and targeted major areas of harm that have resulted in dramatically reduced hospital-acquired infection rates. Since 2013, we’ve recognized these efforts through our Certified Zero Harm program, which has proven to be a driver of these efforts. Now, hospital units across the state are boasting 12, 18, 24, 48 and even as much as 58 months of harm-free stretches. And after five years of the program, 46 hospitals—two-thirds of our members—have now won at least one Zero Harm Award, and last year the number of awards surpassed the 500 mark. 

For more information on our Zero Harm program and the work South Carolina hospitals are doing to continue eliminating HACs, click here