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    Surgical Care

    At California Pacific, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care and reporting publicly on our performance. The following comparison measurements have been chosen by government agencies and other organizations as measurements of high quality medical care for some of the most common and costly conditions that hospitals treat. They measure whether important, recommended medical treatments are given to achieve the best results for patients.

    Hospitals can lower the risk of complications after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time. These quality measures show some of the standards of care.

    Note: Our Quality data is submitted to different reporting agencies in different ways. Data/information that appear on California Pacific's Quality web pages may be assigned either to individual or combined campuses at California Pacific based on a set of complex rules, such as hospital license numbers and Medicare identification numbers.

    Surgical Care Measurements: Oct-Dec 2011


    • Antibiotic within 1 hr of incision
      CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 100%
      National Average - 97%
      Percentage of surgery patients who receive preventative antibiotics within one hour prior to surgical incision.
      Patients can develop infections when they undergo surgery. Hospitals take several steps to prevent infections, including giving a preventative antibiotic right before surgery.

    • Antibiotic selection
      CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 96%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 100%
      National Average - 98%
      Percentage of surgery patients receiving appropriate antibiotics.
      The appropriateness of antibiotics depends on the type of procedure being performed and assessment of the patient. By selecting and giving antibiotics that are consistent with current guidelines which are specific to each type of surgical procedure, hospitals can significantly reduce the risk of an infection after surgery.

    • Antibiotics discontinued within 24 hours
      CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 99%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 100%
      National Average - 96%
      Percentage of surgery patients whose preventative antibiotic(s) are stopped within 24 hours after surgery ends.
      In most cases, it is not necessary to continue giving patients antibiotics more than 24 hours after the surgery. Giving this medication beyond that point increases the risk of side effects and can cause bacteria to become resistant to the medication. .

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 90%
      National Average - 94%
      Percentage of cardiac surgery patients with controlled 6 A.M. postoperative blood glucose. A higher score is better.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 97%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 99%
      National Average - 92%
      Percentage of surgical patients with urinary catheter removed on postoperative day 1 or postoperative day 2 with the day of surgery being day zero. A higher score is better.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 90%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 99%
      National Average - 95%
      Percentage of surgery patients on beta blocker therapy prior to admission who received a beta blocker during the perioperative period. A higher score is better.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 97%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 99%
      National Average - 95%
      Percentage of recommended VTE (venous thromboembolism) prophylaxis ordered. A higher score is better.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 97%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 99%
      National Average - 94%
      Percentage of recommended VTE (venous thromboembolism) prophylaxis given within 24 hours prior to incision time or within 24 hours after surgery end time. A higher score is better.


    Links to National Databases that Report These Measures

    Hospital Compare Opens new window
    Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site compares the quality of care provided by hospitals.

    CalQualityCare.org Opens new window
    This site compares how patients rate the care they received in California hospitals.
    CalQualityCare.org is managed by the California HealthCare Foundation Opens new window (CHCF), a nonprofit philanthropy.