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Colon Surgery Outcomes

About the procedure: Colon surgery is surgery done on the large intestine.

Understanding the data: There was one infection out of the 41 colon surgeries in 2019 and Phoebe Sumter’s outcomes were below the expected rate for this procedure.

How we’re improving outcomes: We have implemented tactics to minimize infection both from the facility and patient perspective. We have added state-of-the-art testing equipment to our operating rooms to increase cleaning effectiveness, of operating room surfaces and equipment. Our surgical team administers antibiotics before surgery and uses monitoring equipment to ensure that body temperatures remain normal during surgery. These measures have been shown to reduce the risk of infection.