Inpatient surgical care: antibiotic stopped timely after knee replacement 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 knee replacement surgery, antibiotics should be stopped within 24 hours after surgery.
About This Measure
This measure tracks the percentage of patients having knee replacement 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.