Inpatient surgical care: antibiotic stopped timely after 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 most surgical procedures, antibiotics should be stopped within 24 hours after surgery.  For cardiac surgery, antibiotics should be stopped within 48 after surgery.  A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.  

About this measure

This measure tracks how often hospitals stopped giving antibiotics to surgery patients when they were no longer needed to prevent surgical infection.

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 97
National Average 98
State Average 98
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98 99 99 98 96 96 95 97
National Average 96 97 97 97 97 97 98 98
State Average 96 97 97 97 98 98 98 98
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
SCIP-Inf-3 Prophylactic Antibiotics Discontinued Within 24 Hours After Surgery End Time