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Web update: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2015–16

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The latest data are now available on rates of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections, commonly known as ‘Golden Staph’, contracted by patients in Australian public hospitals.

Both the antibiotic-treatable and the more serious antibiotic-resistant strains of S. aureus are included in the rates, which have now been published for a range of public hospitals from 2010–11 to 2015–16.

In 2015–16, the rates of S. aureus infections varied from 0.51 cases per 10,000 days of patient care in medium hospitals, to 1.02 cases per 10,000 days of patient care in both major and children’s hospitals.

Despite relatively high rates of S. aureus infections for major public hospitals in 2015–16, this group of hospitals has made the most significant reductions over the past six years, down from 1.68 cases per 10,000 days of patient care in 2010–11.

Use the new interactive table to see how rates of healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infections in public hospitals compare over a six-year period.

Results at the national and state and territory level are available in the recently published report Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015–16: Australian hospital statisticsExternal link, opens in a new window.[http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129557811].

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In 2015–16, the national benchmark for Staphylococcus aureus infections was 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care.

For public hospitals, all hospital peer groups had rates below the national benchmark ranging from: 0.51 cases per 10,000 days of patient care in medium hospitals to 1.02 cases per 10,000 days of patient care in major hospitals and children’s hospitals.