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Surgical Care Outcomes

What are Surgical Care Processes?

The Surgical Care Improvement Project is an initiative to decrease the number of infections and other complications associated with surgery. The risk of wound infection and other complications after surgery can be reduced by following evidence based best practices.

Why is this important to you as a patient?

When someone has surgery, timely, clear-cut treatment is critical. Evidence has shown that patients who received specific treatments and medications at certain times experienced the best outcomes. These treatments are called “process of care measures” and reflect our commitment to excellent patient care.

We use the Surgical Process of Care Measures to determine the quality of care for surgical procedures.

Our Results

Surgical Process of Care Measures

UF Health Shands Hospital State Average National Average
Percent of surgery patients who were given an
antibiotic at the right time to help prevent infection
97% 98% 98%
Percent of surgery patients whose preventive
antibiotics were stopped at the right time
98% 98% 98%
Percent of patients who got treatment at the right time to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery 99% 98% 98%
Percent of 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 98% 98% 98%
Percent of surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection 100% 99% 99%
Percent of heart surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control in the days right after surgery 96% 98% 97%
Percent of surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery 98% 98% 97%
Percent of patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery 100% 100% 100%

How do we compare?

The comparisons show our outcomes compared to the state and nation’s hospitals average.

UF Health Shands Hospital either exceeds or is equal to the national average of surgical care standards achieved by the nation’s hospitals for most of the surgical care measures.

You may view the details for each measurement by visiting the Health and Human Services website called “Hospital Compare.”