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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


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


Phyllis Anderson, RN, BSN, PCCN


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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