Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB)
Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia is a serious bloodstream infection (sometimes called SAB or 'golden staph') that may be associated with hospital care.
The aim is to have as few cases of SAB as possible. One of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of SAB and other healthcare associated infections is good hand hygiene.
The national benchmark for states and territories (public hospitals) is no more than 2 cases per 10,000 days of patient care. For hospitals where there are fewer than 5,000 days of patient care, a comparison cannot be made with the national benchmark. For some private hospitals, rates but not counts of cases are shown. For more information about state and territory SAB rates see: Hospital performance: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in Australian public hospitals (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.aihw.gov.au/hospital-performance-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteraemia/].
The cases shown are for SAB associated with care provided by this hospital for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
To learn more about SAB, read About the data.
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There were 1.56 cases per 10,000 days of patient care.