Surgical Care Infection Prevention

Jackson Hospital works hard to follow guidelines developed by national experts based on sound research and evidence. Because each patient has their own health issues and most are quite complex, we work hard to address all those issues while following all the standard guidelines proven to produce the best results while not contributing to additional health problems.

Sometimes there are reasons why patients cannot receive certain treatments that are recommended (such as medication allergies or other clinical conditions). In these cases, we work hard to clearly document the reasons why the recommended treatments are not right for this individual patient.

Treatment recommendations to prevent surgical site infections include:

  1. Give the preoerative antibiotic within 60 min of starting the procedure
  2. Use the appropriate antibiotic
  3. Stop the antibiotic within 24 hrs after the procedure ends (unless infection exists)
  4. Remove hair safely
  5. Keep body temperature normal postoperative
  6. Preventing blood clots postoperatively
  7. Removing urinary catheters by postoperative day 2