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50 to 99 beds
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This is a public hospital

Ballina Hospital

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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 was 1 case reported during 29,818 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.34 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 1 0.34 Not peered 29,818
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 29,980
2015–16 1 0.34 Not peered 29,470
2014–15 0 0.00 Not peered 26,932
2013–14 1 0.37 Not peered 27,302
2012–13 3 1.12 Not peered 26,758
2011–12 2 0.74 Not peered 26,902
2010–11 2 0.82 Not peered 24,539

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 0 cases of MRSA reported during 29,818 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.00 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 0 0.00 Not peered 29,818
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 29,980

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 was 1 case of MSSA reported during 29,818 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.34 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 1 0.34 Not peered 29,818
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 29,980