Other Surgery Measures



Antibiotic Selection for Surgical Cases

What are we measuring and why?

MGH monitors the percentage of eligible adult surgical patients who receive the appropriate type of prophylactic or “preventive” antibiotics for their specific type of surgery. The administration of the appropriate type of antibiotic has been found to help prevent wound infections for specific types of surgery.

How are we doing and how do we compare to best practice?

This data is no longer collected by the Joint Commission (TJC), nor is it publicly reported.  Our performance for the last reporting period, January 2014 to December 2014 was 99%.  The national average for all Joint Commission accredited hospitals was 99%.

Click to see MGH’s performance on this measure by patients’ race.

  • Current Scores
  • Scores Over Time
  • Higher values are better
99% 100% 99%

MGH Source: Hospital administrative data and chart review.
Comparison Group Source: CMS/TJC National Hospital Quality Measures.

N.B. Data for this measure is no longer being collected, nor is it publically reported.

MGH: Jan 14-Dec 14
TJC:Jan 14-Dec 14

99.6 100 99 99.8 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

MGH Source: Hospital administrative data and chart review.
Comparison Group Source: CMS/TJC National Hospital Quality Measures.

N.B. Data for this measure is no longer being collected, nor is it publically reported.



What are we doing to improve?

The recommended antibiotic regimens reflect the combined, published recommendations of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Medical Letter, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2009, and the Surgical Infection Society.

What can you do to ensure you receive antibiotics before surgery as appropriate?

If you or a family member have been admitted to the hospital for surgery, ask about protection against infections, including antibiotics before surgery, and appropriate post surgical care. If there are special needs or circumstances such as allergies or other recent infections, make sure that the surgeon and anesthesiologist are aware.

 

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