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Surgical Infection Prevention

Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by providing the right medicines at the right time on the day of surgery. These quality measures show some of the standards of care provided to patients having surgery. To compare St. Mary's results with other hospitals in the United States, please visit

Better than 
or equal to 
US average 
Near US 
(within 10 
Worse than US 
average (greater 
than 10 points) 
 N/A - no 
Surgical Infection Prevention 
(Please pause over an indicator for details)
Indicator US
Oct 2013**
Oct 2013**
St. Mary's 
Prophylactic Antibiotic Received 
within 1 hour Prior to Surgical 
98% 99% 98.7% of
78 cases
Prophylactic Antibiotic 
Discontinued within 24 hours After 
Surgery End Time
97% 99% 98.6% of
74 cases 
Surgical patients given the right 
99% 99% 100% of
78 cases
Surgical Patients with 
Perioperative Temp Mgmt
100% 100% 100% of 
121 cases
DVT - Treatment received timely 
to Prevent Blood Clots for Certain 
Surgical Patients
98% 99% 100% of
110 cases
Urinary Catheter Removed with 
first or second day
96% 97% 100% of 
39 cases

** This comparative data was collected Oct 2011 to Sept 2012.  

There are also steps that you, as a patient, can take to make sure your 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. 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  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.

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