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Inpatient surgical care: timely antibiotic before knee arthroplasty surgery (IDPH)

Antibiotics are medicines that can kill bacteria that cause infections. Infections are a possible complication of any surgical procedure. When patients receive antibiotics within one hour before surgery, their risk for wound infection is reduced. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients having knee replacement surgery who receive antibiotics at the right time, within one hour before surgery.

Note: Because this is the first reporting period for this measure, we are not able to provide a graph with trend data. The percentages in the graph were calculated from data on patients who were discharged between October 2009 and September 2010.

In this case, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
Northwestern Memorial 96
State Average 99
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 96 94 96
State Average 98 98 99
Source:Illinois Department of Public Health
Percentage of patients having knee arthroplasty surgery who receive antibiotics at the right time.
Last UpdateOctober 4, 2013

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