Caring for Surgical Patients
The graphic shows how many patients received perfect care* after they received
the right medications and interventions prescribed to ensure their surgery
was as safe as possible.
All data current as of 2nd Quarter 2015
What We're Doing To Improve
Kaweah Delta Health Care District has recently joined the National Surgical
Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) which is led by the American College
of Surgeons. We have an internal designated surgeon champion and surgical
quality coordinator focusing on these measures of quality, closely evaluating
patient preoperative risk factors and post- operative outcomes with the
primary goal to have zero infections. Our team has also partnered with
the Armstrong Patient Safety Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,
Maryland to implement “SUSP,” which is a program for safe
surgery to reduce surgical site infections and other surgical complications.
Our team is committed to implementing effective solutions to best serve
There are 8 key factors that affect what is widely considered to be perfect
Patients Taking Beta Blockers At Home That Receive A Beta - Blocker Before
And After Surgery
It is important for surgical patients who were taking heart drugs called
Beta-blockers at home; take these medications before and after their surgery.
Research shows continuing Beta-blockers while in the hospital can reduce
certain complications. This indicator shows how many surgical patients
who were on Beta-blockers at home get their medications continued during
their stay in the hospital.
Surgical Patients Who Receive Antibiotics Within One Hour Before Surgery
Research shows receiving an antibiotic within one hour prior to surgery
reduces infections. This indicator measures how many patients received
antibiotics prior to surgery.
Surgical Patients Who Are Prescribed The Right Antibiotics Before Surgery
Evidence shows some antibiotics are better at preventing infections than
others depending on the type of surgery. This indicator measures surgery
patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic depending on their
situation and type of surgery.
Antibiotics Stopped At The Right Time For Surgical Patients
Stopping antibiotics when they are not needed is important. This indicator
measures how often antibiotics are stopped after surgery when they are
not needed anymore.
How Well Patient's Blood Sugar is Controlled After Surgery
Managing a patient’s blood sugar after surgery has been shown to
decrease infections and help wounds heal faster. This indicator measures
how well controlled surgery patient’s blood glucose is controlled
Surgery Patients With Appropriate Hair Removal
The way hair is removed is important. It is recommended to use creams and
clippers to remove hair before surgery. Using razors to remove hair can
cause damage to the skin allowing for infection. This indicator measures
surgical patients who have their hair removed the appropriate way.
Urinary Catheter Removed After Surgery
A urinary catheter is a tube that drains your urine. Urinary catheters
can increase the chance of getting a urinary tract infection. It is important
to remove the urinary catheter as soon as possible to reduce the chance
of getting an infection. This indicator measures how many patients get
their catheter removed within 48 hours after surgery.
Preventing Blood Clots In Surgery Patients
A serious complication after surgery can be developing a blood clot. Blood
clots can be prevented by prescribing medications that help prevent blood
clot formation. This indicator measures how often interventions and medications
to prevent blood clot formation are prescribed and implemented.
*The Perfect Care Score shows the percentage of patients cared for at Kaweah
Delta Health Care District who had all Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers
for Medicare quality measures done perfectly.