8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814

Surgical Infection

Care Quality Measures
Suburban Hospital
October - December 2013
most recent data
State Average
April 2012 - March 2013
last available
National Average
April 2012 - March 2013
last available
Preventative antibiotics given within 60 minutes before incision
(What this measure means)
98% 98% 99%
Patients received the appropriate preventative antibiotic(s) for their surgery
(What this measure means)
98% 99% 99%
Preventative antibiotics stopped within 24 hours of surgery
(What this measure means)
99% 98% 98%
Patients who got treatment (within 24 hours prior/post surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery. 98% 98% 98%
Patients taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital, who were kept on beta blockers during period just before/after surgery. 97% 97% 97%
Heart Surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control in the days right after surgery. 97% 96% 96%
Surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first/second day after surgery. 100% 97% 97%
Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was normal by the end of surgery. 100% 100% 100%


Surgical Infection Prevention

What we are doing to improve:

Antibiotics are important to prevent infection during surgery and immediately afterward for certain surgical procedures. For maximum effectiveness, they should be started within an hour of incision and stopped within 24 hours after surgery. The surgical team has developed standard orders for these medications which contain prompts to help assure timely delivery and discontinuation.

Each surgeon knows best which antibiotics are indicated for each patient and type of surgical procedure. Sometimes the selection of medications may vary from those generally recommended, based on each individual patient’s condition and medical history. Our surgical care team continues to work on standardizing these choices to the extent possible and making notation in the records when alternative selections are made.