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Surgical Care

What are we looking to improve?
Surgical wound infection, one of the most common hospital-acquired infections, remains a significant problem after an operation. By following Core Measures, we look to reduce the risk of wound infection by making sure patients get the correct antibiotic(s) at the correct time on the day of surgery.

What measures/strategies have we implemented for improvement?

  • Selecting the Correct Antibiotics: Each antibiotic is different, and some work better than others in preventing the development of wound infections after certain types of surgeries.
  • Administering Antibiotics within One Hour Prior to Incision: This timely administration has been shown to reduce the risk of wound infections.
  • Discontinuing Antibiotics after 24 Hours: Taking antibiotics for more than 24 hours after routine surgery is usually unnecessary.

How do we score?
According to 2nd quarter data for 2012:

  • 97% of the time, patients were given the correct preventive antibiotic prior to surgery.
  • 100% of eligible adult surgical patients received antibiotic(s) within one hour prior to surgical incision.
  • 97% of the time, antibiotics were discontinued after 24 hours, when they were no longer needed to prevent surgical infection.

The top 10% of hospitals scored:

  • 100% for correct antibiotic selection
  • 99% for antibiotic administration within one hour prior to surgical incision
  • 99% for discontinuing antibiotic(s) after 24 hours

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