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Hospital Performance Data Updated on MyHospitals Website

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Data has been updated on the MyHospitals Website. MyHospitals provides nationally consistent and comparable performance information for over 1,000 public and private hospitals in Australia against indicators such as waiting times in emergency departments or for some types of surgery, rates of bloodstream infections acquired in hospital, the length of time patients spend in hospital after being admitted for various conditions or procedures, and other indicators. The MyHospitals Website is owned by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

This update included:

Elective surgery activity and waiting times 2019–20 (update)
New data presenting information on additions, removals and admissions to public hospital elective surgery waiting lists in 2019–­20 has been added to the MyHospitals reporting platform. In addition to the updated activity and waiting times data, new analyses exploring the impact of COVID-19 on activity is included. Following a decision by National Cabinet, in the context of ensuring the health system maintained adequate capacity to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions were applied to selected elective surgeries from 26 March 2020.

Under these restrictions, only Category 1 and exceptional Category 2 procedures could be undertaken. These restrictions were eased (but not fully lifted) from 29 April 2020, allowing all Category 2 and some important Category 3 procedures to be performed. These restrictions led to an overall decrease in admissions from elective surgery waiting lists of 9.2% between 2018–19 and 2019–20 and impacted waiting times for elective surgery.

More information about the impact of COVID-19 on public hospital elective surgery waiting lists are available in the Elective surgery activity area of the MyHospitals website.

Emergency department care – 2019–20 (update)
New data presenting information on presentations to public hospital EDs in 2019–­20 has been added to the MyHospitals reporting platform.

In addition, new analyses exploring the impact of COVID-19 on ED presentations is included. Between February and the end of June, a range of restrictions on travel, business, social interaction and border control were introduced to prevent and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID‑19). In this period, there have also been a number of other changes that may have impacted on the provision of healthcare services, including emergency department care.

These restrictions led to an overall decrease in emergency department presentations by 1.4% compared to 2018–19.
More information about the impact of COVID-19 on emergency department activity are available in the Emergency department care activity area of the MyHospitals site.

Hand Hygiene (update)
Compliance with hand hygiene standards in Australian hospitals is generally good, with national benchmarks routinely met. This continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the latest data suggesting improvements in the early part of 2020 against already high standards. The focus of this release is on hand hygiene compliance by individual public hospitals.

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