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Percent of surgery outpatients who were given an antibiotic within 1 hour prior to surgery incision

Description of Measure

Getting an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. This measure shows how often hospital staff make sure surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.

Why is this Important?

Surgical wound infections can be prevented. Medical research shows that surgery patients who get antibiotics within the hour before their surgery are less likely to get wound infections. Getting an antibiotic earlier, or after surgery begins, is not as effective. Hospital staff should make sure surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.

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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharges from 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013

 

 

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