Why this is important:
Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat infections and infections continue to be the main preventable complication of most surgical procedures. By following the standard guidelines for timing and by providing you with the correct antibiotic drug, hospitals can reduce your risk of wound infection after surgery. Hospitals must ensure that their patients receive the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery.
The graph above shows how often hospital surgical patients receive the appropriate antibiotic to prevent a surgical wound infection.