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Inpatient surgical care: antibiotic stopped timely after colon/large intestine surgery

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 colon/large intestine surgery, antibiotics should be stopped within 24 hours after surgery.

About This Measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients having colon/large intestine surgery whose antibiotics were stopped at the right time, within 24 hours after 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)
  2010
Northwestern Memorial 87
Source:Illinois Hospital Association
Percentage of patients having colon/large intestine surgery whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 24 hours after surgery).
Last UpdateMay 17, 2012

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