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Port Lincoln Health Service

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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 2 cases reported during 12,351 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 1.62 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 2 1.62 Not peered 12,351
2016–17 1 0.86 Not peered 11,663
2015–16 0 0.00 Not peered 11,995
2014–15 0 0.00 Not peered 11,976
2013–14 0 0.00 Not peered 11,506
2012–13 0 0.00 Not peered 12,176
2011–12 0 0.00 Not peered 12,914
2010–11 0 0.00 Not peered 12,312

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 was 1 case of MRSA reported during 12,351 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.81 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 1 0.81 Not peered 12,351
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 11,663

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 12,351 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.81 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 1 0.81 Not peered 12,351
2016–17 1 0.86 Not peered 11,663