The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released two new reports relating to bloodstream infections:
- MyHospitals: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in public and private hospitals in 2017–18 [20 February 2019]
This MyHospitals web update presents information on healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections for 677 public hospitals and 157 private hospitals in Australia in 2017–18. Data are presented for total cases, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). Most public hospitals reported a SAB rate below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of care. Interactive web tools are provided to allow comparisons of public hospitals against other similar hospitals at MyHospitals.
- Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics [20 February 2019] This report provides information and data visualisations for Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB also called S. aureus, or ‘golden staph’) associated with hospital care in Australia. It presents national information on healthcare-associated SAB for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, focusing on cases associated with public hospitals. Over 600 public hospitals reported a total of 1,493 SAB cases, while 160 private hospitals reported a total of 204 SAB cases. Summary analyses are also provided for the previous 4 years. SAB data for public hospitals are provided to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by states and territories as part of the National Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia Data Collection (NSABDC). Private hospitals are also invited to supply SAB data to the AIHW, although currently their participation in the NSABDC is voluntary. Information relating to SAB occurring in individual public hospitals and participating private hospitals is available from MyHospitals.