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Preventing surgical site infection (SSI) after major colon surgery (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source:

"To prevent infections after major colon surgery, hospital staff should use appropriate antibiotics before surgery, clean the surgical site with special antiseptics, and closely monitor patients during and after the surgery. Surgical site infections can be very serious, and may spread throughout the body. A patient with this type of infection often faces a long recovery in the ICU. Some people even die from the infection."

About this measure

A hospital fully meets standards if the number of surgical site infections that actually happened is less than or equal to the number of infections that were expected to happen at this hospital.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.