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St George Hospital NSW

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Safety & quality

Healthcare-associated infections

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or ‘Golden staph’) is a type of bacterium that can cause an infection of the bloodstream and can be acquired after a patient receives medical care or treatment in hospital. Contracting an S. aureus bloodstream infection while in hospital can be life-threatening. Hospitals aim to have as few cases as possible.

The data presented below show S. aureus bloodstream infections that were found to have been acquired while receiving care at this hospital.

All healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infections

In 2017–18, there were 20 cases reported during 223,822 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.89 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance, compared to this hospital's national peer group performance of 1.00.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 20 0.89 1.00 223,822
2016–17 26 1.17 1.08 221,526
2015–16 21 0.99 1.02 211,521
2014–15 37 1.74 1.12 212,637
2013–14 31 1.48 1.32 208,809
2012–13 31 1.49 1.36 207,594
2011–12 45 2.16 1.41 207,899
2010–11 32 1.59 1.63 201,605

Healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections

An S. aureus bloodstream infection that is identified by a laboratory as being caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) may cause more harm to patients and is associated with poorer outcomes as there are fewer antibiotics available to treat the infection.

In 2017–18, there were 2 cases of MRSA reported during 223,822 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.09 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance, compared to this hospital's national peer group performance of 0.18.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 2 0.09 0.18 223,822
2016–17 9 0.41 0.21 221,526

Healthcare-associated methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) bloodstream infections

An S. aureus bloodstream infection that is identified by a laboratory as being caused by methicillin-sensitive S. aureus is referred to as MSSA.

In 2017–18, there were 18 cases of MSSA reported during 223,822 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.80 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance, compared to this hospital's national peer group performance of 0.81.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 18 0.80 0.81 223,822
2016–17 17 0.77 0.87 221,526