Antibiotic discontinued within 24 hours after surgery

What It Means
Percentage of selected surgery patients with antibiotics discontinued within 24 hours after the surgery end time.

Why It Is Important
Surgical guidelines indicate that there is no reason to extend antibiotics beyond 24 hours after the surgery end time if there is no evidence of infection.

Numerator Definition
Number of surgical patients whose prophylactic antibiotics were discontinued within 24 hours after surgery end time.

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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