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.

HSS provides antibiotics at the right time - chart
HSS provides patients the right antibiotics - chart