Inpatient surgical care: timely antibiotic before surgery
Antibiotics are medicines that can kill bacteria that cause infections. Infections are a possible complication of any surgical procedure. When patients receive antibiotics within one hour before surgery, their risk for wound infection is reduced. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the percent of surgery patients who receive antibiotics at the right time (within one hour prior to surgery).
Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.