Caring for Surgical Patients

Caring for Surgical Patients

The graphic shows how many patients received surgical care that follows the 9 nationally accepted criteria listed below. Patients from all over the country come to Vanderbilt for surgery, and we make every effort to offer each patient safe, world-class care.

All data current as of July 2013Chart showing that 95% of Vanderbilt patients receive appropriate care for surgical care.

There are 9 key factors that affect what is widely considered to be appropriate surgical care:

  1. Patients given antibiotic less than one hour before surgery
  2. Prescribing the proper antibiotics
  3. Stopping antibiotics at the proper time
  4. Managing patients' blood glucose levels after surgery
  5. Appropriate hair removal before surgery
  6. Urinary catheter removal
  7. Keeping a normal body temperature during surgery
  8. Using beta blocker drugs to manage blood pressure
  9. Preventing dangerous blood clots