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Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, 2013–14 data

These data show the rates of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections in Australia’s biggest public hospitals caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

Although commonly found on the skin of healthy people, S. aureus can cause serious illness if it gets into the bloodstream. The data reported refer to both the majority of cases that can be treated with antibiotics, as well as to the more dangerous cases that are resistant to antibiotics. S. aureus bloodstream infections contracted while in hospital are considered potentially preventable and hospitals aim to have as few of these infections as possible.

The data present are available for more than 115 major public hospitals in Australia. To allow fairer comparisons, the Performance Authority has allocated hospitals to one of four peer groups based on a combination of hospital size, type of services provided and the percentage of patients more at risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection. Hospitals with more vulnerable patients have a higher percentage of patients admitted for the treatment of conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, burns or surgery than other hospitals.

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Hospital name State Peer group Cases Days of patient care under surveillance Rate per 10,000 bed days
Albany Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 38,598 0.26
Albury Wodonga Health [Albury Campus] NSW Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 8 44,071 1.82
Albury Wodonga Health [Wodonga Campus] Vic Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 4 51,592 0.78
The Alfred Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 27 238,729 1.13
Alice Springs Hospital NT Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 11 101,559 1.08
Angliss Hospital Vic Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 64,072 0.78
Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 4 82,194 0.49
Auburn Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 44,516 0.22
Austin Hospital [Heidelberg] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 29 231,088 1.25
Ballarat Health Services [Base Campus] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 12 89,098 1.35
Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 14 156,429 0.89
Bathurst Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 35,139 0.85
The Bendigo Hospital Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 9 91,970 0.98
Blacktown Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 16 125,158 1.28
Box Hill Hospital Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 11 150,761 0.73
South West Health Campus WA Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 49,354 0.61
Bundaberg Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 71,194 0.98
Caboolture Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 2 77,461 0.26
Cairns Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 11 168,851 0.65
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital NSW Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 15 60,551 2.48
Calvary Public Hospital ACT Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 91,777 0.33
Campbelltown Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 13 146,627 0.89
Canterbury Hospital NSW Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 1 59,607 0.17
Casey Hospital Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 81,257 0.62
Central Gippsland Health Service [Sale] Vic Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 2 30,368 0.66
Coffs Harbour Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 96,159 0.52
Concord Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 26 213,095 1.22
Dandenong Campus Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 16 186,205 0.86
Dubbo Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 53,889 1.3
Fairfield Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 78,729 0.13
Flinders Medical Centre SA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 16 243,618 0.66
Frankston Hospital Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 25 150,129 1.67
Fremantle Hospital WA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 17 203,700 0.83
Geelong Hospital Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 12 182,229 0.66
Geraldton Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 2 32,482 0.62
Gold Coast University Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 18 326,970 0.55
Gosford Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 25 176,560 1.42
Goulburn Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 37,373 0
Goulburn Valley Health [Shepparton] Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 75,745 0.66
Grafton Base Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 34,642 0.29
Hervey Bay Hospital Qld Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 8 51,136 1.56
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 83,593 0.36
Ipswich Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 8 113,401 0.71
John Hunter Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 43 266,747 1.61
Kalgoorlie Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 27,104 0.37
Latrobe Regional Hospital [Traralgon] Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 93,583 0.32
Launceston General Hospital Tas Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 13 118,812 1.09
Lismore Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 11 92,674 1.19
Liverpool Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 37 293,573 1.26
Logan Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 8 114,964 0.7
Lyell McEwin Hospital SA Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 11 149,622 0.74
Mackay Base Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 68,349 0.44
Maitland Hospital NSW Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 10 65,788 1.52
Manly Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 47,642 0
Manning Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 4 50,315 0.79
Maroondah Hospital [East Ringwood] Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 109,881 0.64
Mater Adult Hospital Qld Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 6 53,214 1.13
Werribee Mercy Hospital Vic Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 4 70,868 0.56
Mildura Base Hospital Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 6 49,510 1.21
Modbury Hospital SA Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 2 72,700 0.28
Mona Vale Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 53,941 0
Monash Medical Centre [Clayton] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 39 236,813 1.65
Monash Medical Centre [Moorabbin] Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 4 40,079 1
Mount Isa Hospital Qld Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 16,115 0
Nambour Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 13 154,432 0.84
Nepean Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 26 199,346 1.3
North West Regional Hospital Tas Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 6 36,461 1.65
Northeast Health Wangaratta Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 4 44,381 0.9
The Northern Hospital [Epping] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 12 149,605 0.8
Orange Health Service NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 106,143 0.09
Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 11 47,925 2.3
Port Macquarie Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 10 75,351 1.33
Prince of Wales Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 26 186,623 1.39
Princess Alexandra Hospital Qld Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 36 300,789 1.2
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital Qld Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 2 63,320 0.32
Redcliffe Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 100,398 0.7
Redland Hospital Qld Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 58,980 0.51
Repatriation General Hospital SA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 103,960 0.67
Rockhampton Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 80,852 0.87
Rockingham General Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 6 61,573 0.97
Royal Adelaide Hospital SA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 27 291,651 0.93
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Qld Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 72 330,019 2.18
Royal Darwin Hospital NT Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 22 178,537 1.23
Royal Hobart Hospital Tas Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 14 155,961 0.9
Royal Melbourne Hospital [Parkville] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 31 228,945 1.35
Royal North Shore Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 29 235,146 1.23
Royal Perth Hospital Wellington Street Campus WA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 58 305,274 1.9
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 34 288,891 1.18
The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 0 17,047 0
Ryde Hospital NSW Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 6 49,537 1.21
Sandringham Hospital Vic Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 1 26,905 0.37
Shellharbour Hospital NSW Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 2 61,156 0.33
Shoalhaven Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 4 54,668 0.73
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital WA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 41 240,529 1.7
South West Healthcare [Warrnambool] Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 54,274 0
St George Hospital NSW NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 31 214,748 1.44
St Vincents Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 32 138,030 2.32
St Vincent's Hospital [Fitzroy] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 26 176,560 1.47
Sunshine Hospital Vic Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 151,932 0.33
Sutherland Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 9 112,529 0.8
Swan District Hospital WA Large hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 0 70,018 0
Tamworth Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 3 78,615 0.38
The Canberra Hospital ACT Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 26 248,511 1.05
The Prince Charles Hospital Qld Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 14 185,614 0.75
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital SA Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 10 143,124 0.7
The Townsville Hospital Qld Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 40 202,199 1.98
Toowoomba Hospital Qld Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 10 106,063 0.94
The Tweed Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 5 89,030 0.56
Wagga Wagga Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 7 90,866 0.77
West Gippsland Healthcare Group [Warragul] Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 1 29,152 0.34
Western Hospital [Footscray] Vic Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 17 129,478 1.31
Westmead Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 47 315,019 1.49
Wimmera Base Hospital [Horsham] Vic Large hospitals, more vulnerable patients 3 24,366 1.23
Wollongong Hospital NSW Major hospitals, more vulnerable patients 11 186,648 0.59
Wyong Hospital NSW Major hospitals, fewer vulnerable patients 9 109,816 0.82