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.