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Table 2.5a
Percent of adult surgery patients who received appropriate timing of antibiotics,a Medicare beneficiaries, United States, 2004
Population group Percent Standard error
Total 57.7 0.2
Gender Male 56.5 0.3
Female 59.0 0.4
Race White 58.4 0.3
Black 56.3 1.0
Hispanic 49.0 1.9
Native American 52.0 2.6
Asian 55.5 2.4
Age Under 65 58.7 0.7
65-74 58.0 0.4
75-84 58.1 0.4
85 and over 56.6 0.8

a Appropriate timing of antibiotics includes receiving prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour prior to surgical incision, and discontinuing the antibiotics within 24 hours after surgery end time.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.

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