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Received appropriate preventive antibiotic

Certain antibiotics are recommended to help prevent wound infection for particular types of surgery. This measure looks at how often hospital surgical patients get the appropriate antibiotic to prevent a surgical wound infection.

Why this is 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 on the day of the surgery, hospitals can reduce your risk of developing a wound infection after surgery.

The chart above shows how often hospital surgical patients received the appropriate antibiotic to prevent a surgical wound infection.