Huntersville Medical Center

Preventive antibiotic one hour before incision

Administering an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. Hospitals should check to ensure a surgery patient receives antibiotics at the right time.

Why this is important:

Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. Research shows that surgery patients who receive antibiotics within the hour before their operation are less likely to get wound infections. Reciving an antibiotic earlier, or after, surgery begins is not as effective. 

The chart above shows how often hospitals ensure that surgery patients receive antibiotics at the right time.