Antibiotic received within 1 hour prior to surgery

What It Means
Percentage of selected surgery patients who receive an antibiotic within one hour prior to the time of surgical incision.

Why It Is Important
Studies have shown that the lowest incidence of post-operative infection is associated with antibiotic administration during the hour prior to surgery.

Numerator Definition
Number of surgical patients with prophylactic antibiotics started within one prior to surgical incision.

Denominator Definition
All surgical patients with no evidence of prior infection and a principle procedure code matching a list of selected ICD-9-CM surgical codes.

Denominator Excluded Populations

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