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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 82,166 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.24 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 2 0.24 Not peered 82,166
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 78,637
2015–16 3 0.39 Not peered 76,281
2014–15 3 0.41 Not peered 73,172
2013–14 2 0.28 Not peered 72,562
2012–13 2 0.28 Not peered 71,435
2011–12 4 0.57 Not peered 69,658
2010–11 5 0.74 Not peered 67,634

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 82,166 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 82,166
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 78,637

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 2 cases of MSSA reported during 82,166 days of patient care under surveillance at this hospital. The rate of infection was 0.24 cases per 10,000 days of patient care under surveillance.

Year Cases Rate Peer group average Patient days under surveillance
2017–18 2 0.24 Not peered 82,166
2016–17 0 0.00 Not peered 78,637