Administering an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. Hospitals should check to ensure that surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.
Why this is important:
Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. Research shows that surgery patients who get antibiotics within the hour before their operation are less likely to get wound infections. Receiving an antibiotic earlier, or after surgery begins, is not as effective.
The chart above indicates how often hospitals ensure that surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time.