Southern’s 4 West and 3 East Recognized with Certified Zero Awards!


Southern New Hampshire Health’s 4 West and 3 East are celebrating an exciting milestone this month! Both units received Certified Zero Awards for 2020.

Awards were given for providing exceptional clinical care and positive patient outcomes. These teams did not have any central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) nor any Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) throughout 2020.

CLABSI are associated with significant morbidity and mortality as well as high costs. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as many as 28,000 patients die from CLABSI annually in ICUs in the United States.

CAUTI are the most commonly reported hospital-acquired condition. More than 560,000 patients develop CAUTI each year, leading to extended hospital stays, increased health care costs, and patient morbidity and mortality, according to the American Nurses Association.

Both teams received a plaque to hang up for all patients, staff, and visitors to see. There was also celebratory pizza for all shifts.

Please join us in congratulating everyone involved in reaching this milestone.