Hospitals can improve surgical care and reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by providing the right medicines at the right time on the day of surgery.
N / N = No patients needed this treatment.
CHS data timeframe is 3rd Quarter 2013.
National and State Averages obtained from National Quality Alliance latest reporting timeframe is 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013.
** Due to the government shutdown in October 2013 the Hospital Compare State/National Averages reports were cancelled.
* The percentages include only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate.
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Preventive antibiotic(s) one hour before incision
Getting an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. Hospitals should check to make sure surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.
Appropriate preventive antibiotic(s)
Certain antibiotics are recommended to help prevent wound infection for particular types of surgery.
Preventive antibiotic(s) stopped within 24 hours after surgery
It is important for hospitals to stop giving preventative antibiotics within 24 hours after surgery to avoid side effects and other problems associated with antibiotic use. For certain surgeries, however, antibiotics may be needed for a longer time.