Surgical Care Quality Initiatives
The Surgical Care Improvement Project reviews several different measures to ensure that surgical patients receive quality care while at Lexington Medical Center. These measures are the result of evidence-based research in order to improve surgical care and reduce surgical complications.
Research has shown that when antibiotics are given to surgical patients within the hour before surgery, there is a lower incidence of postoperative infections. Depending on the surgery type, specific antibiotics are acceptable in order to ensure a safe and cost-effective result in reducing infections. Studies have shown that continuing antibiotics beyond 24 hours (48 hours for cardiac surgeries) offer no benefit to the surgical patient.
Beta blockers are a type of medications that primarily treat certain heart conditions and hypertension. It is important that patients who take beta blockers prior to hospitalization remain on beta blockers 24 hours before surgery throughout the recovery period.
Lexington Medical Center works as a team to ensure that all surgical patients (inpatient and outpatient) receive quality care in order to reduce surgical complications.