Outpatient Surgical Care Quality Initiatives
More than 60% of elective surgery procedures in the United States are performed on an “outpatient” basis, also known as “same-day” surgery. Health experts have predicted that this number will increase to 75% over the next decade.
Research has shown that if the right antibiotic is given to the patient at just the right time before the procedure begins, there is a much lower chance of the patient developing a wound infection after surgery. This research has focused on a number of procedures such as cardiac pacemaker insertions, hysterectomies, prostate surgeries, back surgeries and many more.
Lexington Medical Center (LMC) has taken a team approach to ensuring that our patients receive the recommended antibiotics for the procedure at the right time. The surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, operating room nurses and infection control nurses all work together to meet these standards of care.