Quality and Safety

Preventing Infections with Antibiotics

Preventing a surgical wound infection is very important to getting patients home as soon as possible after surgery.

Giving certain preventative antibiotics is known to prevent wound infections; medical evidence shows that antibiotics are most effective when they are given one hour prior to surgery. Hospital for Special Surgery makes an aggressive effort to comply with this best practice, and we are consistently compliant in both inpatient and outpatient surgeries.

Note: Data from Hospital Compare. 
*HSS 2012 data collected from 1st quarter through third quarter 2012. National and State 2012 Average data collected from 2nd Quarter 2011 through 1st Quarter 2012.
**Source for National and State Average data is Hospital Compare.
***Source for HSS 2010 and 2011 data is Hospital Compare. Source for HSS 2012 data is HSS internal monitoring.

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