Inpatient surgical care: antibiotic stopped timely after heart valve 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 open heart surgery, antibiotics should be stopped within 48 hours after surgery.
About This Measure
This measure tracks the percentage of patients having open heart surgery, other than coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, whose antibiotics were stopped at the right time, within 48 hours after 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.illinoishospitals.org/iha/home.
In this case, a higher number is better.