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Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011–12

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Overview

Potentially preventable bloodstream infections highest at major hospitals

This report looks at bloodstream infection rates, caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), that patients sometimes develop during the course of medical care or treatment provided by hospitals. Results show that of the 1,725 cases of S. aureus, or ‘Golden Staph’, across 352 public hospitals, 82% were at major hospitals.

Among major hospitals with more at-risk patients, the rate of healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infections was four times higher in some hospitals than others. In the other group of major hospitals, those with fewer at-risk patients, the rate of infection was more than 15 times higher in some hospitals than others:

  • Major hospitals with many at-risk patients accounted for 60% (1,046 cases) of the healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infections reported nationally
  • Major hospitals with fewer at-risk patients accounted for 22% (381 cases) of the healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infections reported nationally

Data revision

Note: Since publication in May 2013, 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.

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