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Results for Surgical Infection Prevention

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MaineGeneral follows certain measures that have been shown to decrease the risk of surgical site infections. These measures include whether patients received preventive antibiotics within one hour of surgery, whether the antibiotics were appropriate and whether patients stopped receiving these medications within the right timeframe.

Key

Better than U.S. average Near U.S. average (within 10%) Below U.S. average * = the number of cases is too small (less than 20) to reliably predict performance blank = does not apply
Measure What's this? MGMC current: April - June 2013 Maine U.S.
% of surgical patients given preventive antibiotics within one hour of the start of surgery
99 99 98
% of surgical patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection   100 99 99
% of surgical patients whose preventive antibiotics were stopped within 24 hours after surgery
100 99 97
% of surgical patients on beta-blocker therapy prior to arrival who received a beta-blocker during the perioperative period 100 98 97
% of surgical patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after their surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery 97 99 98
% of surgical patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery   * 97 96

 

Explanations

Number of patients per 100 who received preventive antibiotics within one hour of the start of surgery.
The chances of getting an infection are lower if antibiotics are already in the blood before the surgery begins.

 

 

 

Number of patients per 100 whose antibiotics to prevent infection were stopped within 24 hours following surgery.
Earlier discontinuation helps reduce resistance to antibiotics.

 

 

 

 

 

Number of patients per 100 whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery.
Research shows most patients should have their urinary catheters removed within two days after surgery to help prevent infection.