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Surgical Care

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Approximately 40% of all hospital-associated infections in the U.S. occur among surgical patients. Therefore, focusing on prevention can significantly reduce overall infection rates. Measures such as preventive use of antibiotics before, during and up to 24 hours after surgery may reduce the likelihood of infection.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Received Within 1 Hour Prior To Surgical Incision - Overall Rate

This measures the percentage of surgical patients who received prophylactic antibiotics within one hour prior to surgical incision.

Why this is important.
Prophylactic Antibiotic Selection For Surgical Patients - Overall Rate

This measures the percentage of surgical patients who received the appropriate prophylactic antibiotic for their specific surgical procedure.

Why this is important.
Prophylactic Antibiotics Discontinued Within 24 Hours after Surgery - Overall Rate

This measures the percentage of surgical patients whose prophylactic antibiotics were discontinued within 24 hours of surgery end time.

Why this is important.
Urinary Catheter Removed On Post Op Day 1 Or Post Op Day 2 With Day Of Surgery Being Day 0

This measures the percentage of surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery.

Why this is important.
Surgery Patients On Beta Blocker (BB) Therapy Prior To Arrival Who Received A BB During The Perioperative Period

Patients who were taking beta blockers for heart conditions may generally continue to do so prior to surgery. This measures the percentage of patients who were kept on the beta blockers during the period just before and after their surgery.

Why this is important.
Surgery Patients Who Received Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis (VTE) Within 24 Hours Prior To Or After Surgery

This measures the percentage of surgical patients receiving preventive treatment to avoid an embolism – or blood clot – within 24 hours prior to surgery to 24 hours after surgery.

Why this is important.
Prophylactic Antibiotic Received Within 1 Hour Prior To Surgical Incision (Outpatient)

This measures the percentage of surgical patients who received prophylactic antibiotics within one hour prior to surgical incision.

Why this is important.
Prophylactic Antibiotic Selection For Surgical Patients (Outpatient)

This measures the percentage of surgical patients who received the appropriate prophylactic antibiotic for their specific surgical procedure.

Why this is important.

Current Data Collection

Virtua Data Range: Apr. 1, 2013 - Mar. 31, 2014
National Data Range: Oct. 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2013