Patients whose preventive antibiotic(s) were stopped within 1 day after surgery

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges July 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. Source: hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting hospitals in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting hospitals in the state of North Carolina.

What do these scores mean?

Percentage of patients (out of 100) whose preventative antibiotic(s) were stopped within 1 day after surgery.

Why are these scores important?

In most cases, it is not necessary to continue taking antibiotics more than 1 day after surgery. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can increase the risk of side effects and allow harmful bacteria to become resistant to the medication when it is truly needed.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality scores?