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AIHW: Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2018–19

A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that there were 1,573 cases of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB infections) reported in Australian public hospitals in 2018–19, up from 1,491 cases in 2017–18. SAB infections is a serious bloodstream infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and can be associated with hospital care—especially with surgical and other invasive procedures, although not all cases are acquired in hospital.

SAB infection data for public hospitals are provided to AIHW by states and territories as part of the National Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia Data Collection (NSABDC). Private hospitals are also invited to supply SAB infection data to the AIHW, although currently their participation in the NSABDC is voluntary. Information relating to SAB infections occurring in individual public hospitals and participating private hospitals is available from MyHospitals.

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