Hospital gets 5 Zero Harm awards

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from Springs Memorial Hospital
Springs Memorial Hospital was awarded five Zero Harm Safety Awards by the S.C. Hospital Association on Nov. 27.  
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a paper entitled “To Err Is Human.” This report highlighted the patient safety crisis that is faced in health care related to preventable harm. It ranks this crisis as third in leading causes of death in the United States. Original estimates were that 99,000 Americans die in hospitals annually from hospital-related medical errors. More recent data suggests that number to be closer to 200,000.
These awards show that Springs Memorial Hospital is working to improve that number for the betterment of the communities it serves.
Springs was awarded the following awards:
• Zero incidents in abdominal hysterectomies for 18 months
• Zero incidents in colon surgeries for 18 months
• Zero incidents of central line-associated blood stream infections in the CCU for 18 months
• Zero incidents of central line-associated blood stream infections in the ICU for 24 months
• Zero incidents in knee surgeries for 30 months
“I am very proud of the team at Springs Memorial Hospital for achieving these awards,” said Dr. Brian Greig, Springs’ chief nursing officer. “These awards are important to the communities in which our team works tirelessly to provide care on a daily basis. It takes vision, wisdom, hard work and dedication to great patient care to achieve these outstanding results. We are truly dedicated to this community.”
Prior to this presentation, Springs had received eight Certified Zero Harm Safety Awards. This year’s presentation brings Springs’ total awards for Zero Harm to 13.  
According to the SCHA, South Carolina is a leader in addressing this public health crisis and has taken a statewide approach in addressing the concern. In five years, the SCHA has presented more than 500 awards for Zero Harm.