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.
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In this case, a higher number is better.