Percent of surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection
Description of Measure
Some antibiotics work better than others to prevent wound infections for certain types of surgery. This measure shows how often hospital staff make sure patients get the right kind of preventive antibiotic medication for their surgery.
Why is this Important?
Surgical wound infections can be prevented. Medical research has shown that certain antibiotics work better to prevent wound infections for certain types of surgery. Hospital staff should make sure patients get the antibiotic that works best for their type of surgery.
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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges from Fourth Quarter 2012 through Third Quarter 2013