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Don’t worry – from December 11 2019 you will be able to find the latest information about your local area on the MyHospitals webpages on the AIHW website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

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Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2012–13, In Focus

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Overview

Over 1,700 cases of a potentially deadly infection reported in public hospitals

The report found big differences in the rate of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections contracted by patients in hospital.

Major hospitals reported a disproportionate number (over 80%) of the 1,724 cases of potentially deadly healthcare-associated S. aureus. Both the antibiotic-treatable and the more serious antibiotic-resistant strains of S. aureus, commonly known as ‘Golden Staph’, were included in the report.

The report allocates hospitals into four peer groups to enable fair reporting comparisons.

  • In ‘major hospitals’ with more at-risk patients (which include patients who undergo more invasive treatments and procedures) the rate of infection per 10,000 patient bed days was three times higher at some hospitals compared to others.
  • In ‘major hospitals’ with fewer at-risk patients the rate of infection per 10,000 patient bed days was 11 times higher at some hospitals compared to others.

Data revision

Note: Since publication in March 2014, some figures have been revised following updates to methods and revised information from states and territories. The most up-to-date results for each hospital are available on the hospital results pages.

Download Report (PDF, 2.1 MB)