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 patients get 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 that prevent and treat infections. By following the standard guidelines for timing and administering the correct antibiotic drug, the hospital can reduce your risk of acquiring a wound infection after surgery. The hospital must ensure that the patient receives the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery.
The chart above indicates how often hospital surgical patients receive the appropriate antibiotic to prevent a surgical wound infection.