Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a common complication of surgery. Caused by bacteria on the patient's skin or in the hospital environment, they may occur at the site of the incision or in the organ or tissue operated on during the surgery. With more than 30 million operations performed each year in the United States, the use of surgical infection prevention (SIP) practices has become a core measure of medical quality.
Studies show that the use of prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics in the following surgical procedures is effective in preventing SSIs:
The following charts show how Spectrum Health compares to other local hospitals. These numbers come from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hospital Compare website.
We know practice makes perfect in health care as in most of life. That's why the number or volume of procedures that a hospital or a physician performs can be a valuable yardstick of clinical quality, especially when considered alongside quality measures and other factors. Volume is an important indicator of medical quality. Patients are likely to have better outcomes if their physicians or hospitals have more experience in the procedure or treatment. Spectrum Health performs more than 35,000 surgeries every year and the procedures where prophylactic antibiotics have proved to be helpful make up almost 5,000 of that volume.
View additional quality reports regarding our hip and knee replacements available from The Joint Commission.
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