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Surgical Infection Prevention Quality Measures

Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time on the day of surgery. These quality measures show the standards of care for certain surgeries.

The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. The top hospitals rate represents the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. The higher the score the better. Click here to view the legend for the graphs.

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Percent of Surgical Patients who receive antibiotic 1 hour prior to incision

Explanation:
Getting an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. Hospitals should check to make sure that surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.


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Percent of Surgical Patients with antibiotics stopped after 24 hours after surgery

Explanation:
It is important for hospitals to stop giving preventive 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.


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Percent of Surgical Patients with Recommended (Blood Clot) Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Ordered

Explanation:
It is important for physicians to order medications to prevent blood clots (venous thromboembolism).


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Percent of Surgical Patients who received VTE (blood clot) prophylaxis within 24 hours Prior to thru 24 hours after surgery

Explanation:
It is important for hospital to give the medications ordered to prevent blood clots (venous thromboembolism).


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Surgical Care Optimal Care Score

Explanation:
This represents the percentage of surgical patients who received all of the quality measures.


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