Inpatient surgical care: antibiotic timely stopped after heart bypass (CABG) surgery (IHA)

Antibiotics are medicines that can kill bacteria that cause infections. Infections are a possible complication of any surgical procedure. It is important to have antibiotics before surgery and to continue to take them for a short time after surgery. However, taking them for longer than necessary can expose the patient to side effects and other complications. For patients having heart bypass (CABG) surgery, antibiotics should be stopped within 48 hours after surgery. 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 heart bypass (CABG) surgery whose antibiotics were stopped at the right time, within 48 hours after surgery.

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

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2010
Northwestern Memorial 95
Source:Illinois Hospital Association
Percentage of patients having CABG open heart surgery whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 48 hours after surgery).