Timely and Effective Surgical Care

Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by making sure they provide care that's known to get the best results for most patients, including:

>  Giving the recommended antibiotics at the right time before surgery;
>  Stopping the antibiotics within the right timeframe after surgery;
>  Maintaining the patient's temperature and blood glucose  (sugar) at normal levels; and
>  Removing catheters that are used to drain the bladder in a timely manner after surgery.

Hospitals can also reduce the risk of cardiac problems associated with surgery by:

>  Making sure that certain prescription drugs are continued in the time before, during, and just after the surgery.  This includes drugs used to control heart rhythms and blood pressure.
>  Giving drugs that prevent blood clots and using other methods like special stockings that increase circulation in the legs.


Data shown below for RMH is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Measure 

RMH Performance 

Illinois Av. 

U.S. Av. 

Notes 

Outpatients having surgery who got an antibiotic at the right time (within one hour of surgery). (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

98% 

98% 

 Too few cases.

Surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time (within on hour before surgery) to help prevent infection (Higher percentages are better.)

 97%

99% 

99% 

 
Surgery patients whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 24 hours after surgery).  (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

99% 

98% 

 
Patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after their surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

100% 

99% 

 
Outpatients having surgery who got the right kind of antibiotic. (Higher percentages are better).

Not avail. 

 98%

98% 

 Too few cases.

Surgery patients who were taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital, who were kept on the beta blockers during the period just before and after their surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

100%

99% 

98% 

 
Surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection. (Higher percentages are better.)

100% 

99% 

99% 

 
Heart surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control 18-24 hours after surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

N/A 

N/A 

 Data suppressed by CMS for one or more quarters.

Surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

 77%

99% 

98% 

 
Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

100% 

100%