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Australia: Report Released on Rate of Serious Bloodstream Infection Associated with Hospital Care

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released report on rate of serious bloodstream infections often associated with hospital care in Australian public hospitals. This report presents nationally consistent information on cases of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) associated with Australian public hospitals. It contributes to ongoing robust national and jurisdictional arrangements to monitor and reduce SAB. SAB is a serious bloodstream infection that may be associated with hospital care. Hospitals aim to have as few cases as possible. The report presents national information on cases of SAB associated with care provided by public hospitals for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. It also includes summary data for the previous 4 years. In 2015–16, 1,440 cases of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) were reported in Australian public hospitals. The data were provided by states and territories to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW ). SAB performance information for individual public hospitals and for some private hospitals is available on the AIHW’s MyHospitals website:

Read more: Australian Hospital Statistics: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015–16. Australian Government, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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