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Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery. 

What You Need to Know
 The graph shows how often Sentara hospitals ensure surgery patients get antibiotics at the right time. 
   Higher percentages are better
   Compare to U.S. Average or Top 10% in U.S.
   Small differences in numbers or percentages may not be significant due to differences in total patient volumes between hospitals 

 The quality measures are part of a national initiative by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations. See these measures for other hospitals by going to HospitalCompare.








* Comparison Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 Why does Sentara monitor measures like these?  

 Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. Learn more about the appropriate use of antibiotics.

 Research shows that surgery patients who get antibiotics within the hour before surgery are less likely to get wound infections. Getting an antibiotic earlier, or after surgery begins, is not as effective.

 For more information, download the fact sheet on "Infections after Surgery" (PDF, 114 KB) 




Quality Healthcare is Safe and Effective 
Quality measures help hospitals determine whether services are being provided in the most safe and effective way possible. Monitoring these measures help hospitals evaluate and improve the way care is delivered. At Sentara, we emphasize areas where experts agree on the best treatment for specific conditions.   

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