Certain antibiotics are recommended to help prevent wound infection for particular types of surgery. Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by ensuring that the patient receives the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery.
Why is this important?
Infections continue to be the main preventable complication of most surgical procedures. Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. By following the standard guidelines for timing and administering the correct antibiotic drug, hospitals can reduce your risk of a wound infection after surgery.
The chart above shows how often hospital surgical patients receive the appropriate antibiotic to prevent a surgical wound infection.