Billings Clinic
Especially For:

Surgical Care Improvement/Surgical Infection Prevention

Hospitals can improve surgical care and reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by providing the right medicines at the right time on the day of surgery.

There are also steps that you, as a patient, can take to make sure the surgery is as safe as possible. For example, your doctor or nurse can tell you how to wash with an antibiotic soap the day before surgery. You can also give your doctor or nurse a list of all your medications, including vitamins, herbal medicines, and over-the-counter medications. You should also tell your doctor or nurse about any allergies and bad reactions to anesthesia.

Sometimes patients get an infection after surgery, even if the hospital took steps to prevent it. Here are signs to look out for:

  • The surgical wound is red, hot, and swollen.
  • You have a fever of over 100 degrees after you go home.
  • A smelly or yellow/green fluid is coming out of the wound.
  • Your pain is increasing even though you are taking pain medication.

Call your doctor or local hospital immediately if you have any of these signs.

Percent of Surgery Patients Who Received Preventative Antibiotic(s) One Hour Before Incision

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States AverageTop 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

99%

99%

98%

100%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2011 through
September 2012.

Percent of Surgery Patients who Received the Appropriate Preventative Antibiotic(s) for Their Surgery

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States AverageTop 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

99%

99%

99%

100%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2011 through
September 2012.

Percent of Surgery Patients Whose Preventative Antibiotic(s) are Stopped Within 24 hours After Surgery

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Billings ClinicState of Montana AverageUnited States AverageTop 10% of Hospitals Nationwide

98%

98%

97%

100%

The rates displayed are from data reported for hospital discharges October 2011 through September 2012.

The percentage includes only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate.
Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your treatment.

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