How UTSW Ensures Patient Safety – Surgical Site Infections From Abdominal Hysterectomy

Why Is This Important?

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. Infection at the site of the surgery is one of the leading causes of infections after a hysterectomy. A surgical site is an easy way for germs to enter the body so healthcare providers need to be extremely careful when dealing with the surgical site area. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended steps to follow to prevent a surgical site infection.

Surgical Site Infections from Abdominal Hysterectomy

Surgical site infections from abdominal hysterectomy

What does This Graph Show?

This graph indicates the infection rate of UT Southwestern compared to the average of U.S. hospitals. A lower number is better for this composite. UTSW performs better than average on this quality indicator.