Inpatient surgical care: appropriate antibiotic before heart valve surgery (IHA)
Antibiotics are medicines that can kill the bacteria that cause infections. Infections are a possible complication of any surgical procedure. For certain types of surgery, some antibiotics work better than others to prevent wound infections, so selecting the right one is important.
About This Measure
This measure tracks the percentage of patients having open heart surgery, other than coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, who were given the right kind of antibiotic before surgery. This measure includes many different types of surgeries on the heart, most of which are heart valve surgeries.
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.