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Inpatient surgical care: timely antibiotic before blood vessel surgery (IHA)

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.

About This Measure 

This measure tracks the percentage of patients having surgery on the arteries and veins in the abdomen and lower extremities who receive antibiotics at the right time, within one hour before surgery.

Note: Comparison data is not available for this measure. You can view results of other individual hospitals at www.ihatoday.org.

In this case, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
Northwestern Memorial 96
Source:Illinois Hospital Association
Percentage of patients having blood vessel surgery who were given antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent infection.
Last UpdateMay 17, 2012

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