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Archive October 2010 XI, No. 10

The Right Antibiotic, Right on Time

How an Oregon hospital is working to improve best practices in surgical antibiotic prophylaxis.

Nancy Dunn, RN, MS

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Nancy O'Connor, RN, BSN, MS, CIC

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Phyllis Anderson, RN, BSN, PCCN

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At Salem Hospital, we've successfully implemented the SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) measures related to antibiotic prophylaxis. They call for administering an antibiotic within 1 hour prior to surgery (SCIP-INF 1), ensuring that the physician prescribes an antibiotic appropriate to the procedure and the patient (SCIP-INF 2) and discontinuing the antibiotic within 24 hours after surgery (SCIP-INF 3). Read on if you're interested in improving your compliance rate with these SCIP measures.

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