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Surgical-site infections from colon surgery

This measure tracks surgical-site infections after a patient has surgery on the colon, part of the intestinal system. A surgical site infection is an infection that develops in a part of the body after surgery has been performed on it. Most patients do not develop surgical infections, but according to statistics compiled by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infections do occur after about 2 percent of surgeries.

Hospitals follow careful procedures to prevent surgical-site infections. For example, health care professionals clean their hands and arms with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer just before surgery, removing and killing germs from the skin of surgery team members, reducing the risk of infection.

This measure compares the number of surgical-site infections following colon surgery to those of other hospitals nationwide, using information from the National Healthcare Safety Network. The result is adjusted to correct for certain factors, such the patients' health and type of surgery.

Surgical-site Infections From Colon Surgery


January 2012- 
June 2012

MU Health Care No different than U.S. national rate

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