Inpatient surgical care: appropriate antibiotic before surgery
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. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks how often hospital staff gives patients the right kind of preventive antibiotic for their surgery.
Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.