3 Tips for On-Time Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Kathleen Hall-Meyer, RN, MBA, CIC
When antibiotic administration within 1 hour of surgery first became a Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measure in 2005, I remember thinking, "How easy is that?" We were fairly confident that our hospital was very successful with this measure until we decided to look at the numbers. After a 2-week data collection period, we learned that we weren't giving prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour of incision in nearly 25% of our surgical cases. Do a little digging at your facility, and you may find similar lapses in compliance. Here are 3 strategies we've implemented to improve our performance.