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.