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Surgical Care: Right Kind of Antibiotic

What does it mean?
In order to protect against infections after certain surgeries, not only should patients receive antibiotics at least one hour prior to surgery but the choice of the antibiotic must be consistent with current guidelines.

Why is it important?
Giving the appropriate antibiotic one hour prior to certain surgical procedures has been shown to reduce the chance of getting an infection after surgery.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of surgical patients who have received antibiotics consistent with current guidelines and specific to their type of surgical procedure.

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.