Surgical Care: Antibiotic Stopped Within 24 Hours After Surgery

What does it mean?
Another quality indicator related to prevention of surgical infections is that the antibiotic is stopped within 24 hours of the surgery to prevent the development of resistance to the antibiotic.

Why is it important?
Antibiotics are to provide the surgical patient with as little risk as possible, and being on antibiotics for long periods of time can cause antibiotic resistance and other problems. Prolonged antibiotic use for surgical patients is not necessary and offers them no benefit.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of surgical patients whose antibiotics were stopped within 24 hours after surgery and anesthesia end time.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.