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SURGICAL CARE

  
Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by making sure they provide care that’s known to get the best results for most patients.

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Preventive Antibiotic Before Surgery
Getting an antibiotic within one hour before surgery reduces the risk of wound infections. Hospitals should check to make sure surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time. 
 Higher percentages are better.

Preventive Antibiotic After Surgery
It is important for hospitals to stop giving antibiotics within 24 hours after surgery to avoid side effects and other problems associated with antibiotic use. For certain surgeries, however, antibiotics may be needed for a longer time.
Higher percentages are better.

Antibiotic Selection
Appropriate selection of antibiotics for certain surgical procedures has been shown to reduce surgical site infection.
Higher percentages are better.

Urinary Catheter Removed on Post-op Day 1 or 2
Surgery patients can develop infections when urinary catheters are left in place too long after surgery. Infections are dangerous for patients, cause longer hospital stays, and increase costs. Research shows that most surgery patients should have their urinary catheters removed within 2 days after surgery to help prevent infection.
Higher percentages are better.

Beta Blocker Therapy
Surgical patients taking beta blockers before admission are less likely to have heart problems when the beta blockers are continued.
Higher percentages are better.

Blood Clot Prevention Treatment Ordered
Dangerous blood clots are a common risk for hospitalized adults, and many of them don't get drug treatment to cut that risk. Surgery is a risk factor for venous thrombembolism (VTE), and so is being immobilized in a hospital bed. Treatments to reduce the risk of VTE include blood-thinning drugs and compression stockings. This measure looks at how often doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots after certain types of surgeries.
Higher percentages are better.

Blood Clot Prevention Treatment Received
Dangerous blood clots are a common risk for hospitalized adults, and many of them don't get drug treatment to cut that risk. Surgery is a risk factor for venous thrombembolism (VTE), and so is being immobilized in a hospital bed. Treatments to reduce the risk of VTE include blood-thinning drugs and compression stockings. This measure looks at how often patients receive the appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots after certain types of surgeries.
Higher percentages are better.

Hardin Memorial Hospital. 913 N. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown KY 42701.
Phone (270) 737-1212
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