Surgical Care: Antibiotic Within One Hour Before Surgery

What does it mean?
In order to prevent infections after surgery, patients undergoing certain operations should be given antibiotics within one hour prior to surgery.

Why is it important?
Receiving antibiotics before certain surgical procedures lowers the chance of getting an infection.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of surgical patients who have received antibiotics within one hour before surgical incision.

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.