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Surgical Care Improvement Project

Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by providing care that is known to have the best results for most patients. Read more information about how to prevent wound infection. Learn why Surgical Care Improvement Project Process of Care Measures are Important.

  HH AL U.S.
Outpatients having surgery who got an antibiotic at the right time - within one hour before surgery (higher numbers are better) 96% 96% 95%
Outpatients having surgery who got the right kind of antibiotic (higher numbers are better) 98% 96% 95%
Surgery patients who were taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital, who were kept on the beta blockers during the period just before and after their surgery 95% 97% 95%
Surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent infection 96% 98% 97%
Surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection 99% 98% 98%
Surgery patients whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 24 hours after surgery) 98% 96% 96%
Heart surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control in the days right after surgery 97% 95% 94%
Surgery patients needing hair removed from the surgical area before surgery, who had hair removed using a safer method (electric clippers or hair removal cream not a razor) 100% 100% 100%
Surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery 90% 94% 92%
Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery. 100% 100% 99%
Surgery patients whose doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots after certain types of surgeries 96% 96% 95%
Patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after their surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery 94% 94% 94%

Note: The Core Measure data is for April 2010 - March 2011 and is the most recent data available as of January 2012.

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