Timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics for major surgical procedures.

@article{Hawn2006TimelyAO,
  title={Timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics for major surgical procedures.},
  author={M T Hawn and Stephen H Gray and Catherine C. Vick and Kamal M. F. Itani and Michael J. Bishop and Diana L. Ordin and Thomas K. Houston},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2006},
  volume={203 6},
  pages={803-11}
}
BACKGROUND Prophylactic antibiotics (PA) given within 60 minutes before surgical incision decrease risk of subsequent surgical site infection. Nationwide quality improvement initiatives have focused on improving the proportion of patients who receive timely prophylactic antibiotics. STUDY DESIGN This is a cohort study of major surgical procedures performed in 108 Veterans Affairs hospitals between January and December 2005. Using data from the External Peer Review Program and the National… CONTINUE READING