Patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent surgical infection

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

  • *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?

The percentage of eligible surgery patients (out of 100) who received antibiotic(s) to prevent infection one hour before the beginning of surgery.

Why are these scores important?

Patients sometimes develop wound infections after surgery. Those who receive an antibiotic within the hour before their surgery are less likely to develop an infection. Getting an antibiotic earlier than an hour before surgery, or after surgery begins, is not as effective.

What are we doing to continue improve our quality scores?