At Novant Health, we support the nationwide effort to ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care. These recommendations are based on years of research on interventions that have been proven to improve outcomes for these conditions.
All surgeries have infections as a possible complication. Hospitals and physicians take every precaution to prevent infections, including:
- Preparing the surgical site with a surgical skin disinfectant
- Administering antibiotics for the appropriate surgeries
- Providing patients with instructions on how to care for the surgical site before surgery and after they go home
It is important to understand that different surgical procedures have different infection rates. The more complex surgeries generally have higher rates of infection. The overall health status of the patient and the length of time a surgery takes also impact the surgical procedure infection rates.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), through its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), collects infection rates on different surgical procedures from hospitals across the country. The rates are then averaged and the NHSN establishes best performance benchmarks for each procedure. We compare our infection rates to the NHSN averages, with our goal always to be better than the national benchmarks.
Total hip replacement
Total knee replacement
Back & disc surgery (laminectomy)
Advanced back & disc surgery (spinal fusion)
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