The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges January through March 2013 (Source: data reported to CMS for hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
). The National average includes all reporting hospitals in the United States, and the State average includes all reporting hospitals in the state of Wisconsin (Benchmark source: CMS Hospital Compare Preview Reports).
What does this data measure?
The percentage of eligible surgery patients who received antibiotic(s) to prevent infection one hour before the beginning of surgery.
Why is this important?
Patients sometimes develop wound infections after they undergo surgery. Those who receive a preventive antibiotic within the hour before their operation are less likely to develop an infection. Getting an antibiotic earlier, or after surgery begins, is not as effective.
What are we doing to improve our performance?
Wheaton hospitals have implemented many initiatives to improve our performance including:
- Inclusion of surgery measures on our system Clinical Excellence Scorecard
- National Surgical Care Improvement Project Best Practices
- Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
- Electronic health record (EHR)
- Standardized order sets
- Surgery specific discharge instructions and patient education information
- Nursing and physician education