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New Release from AIHW: Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2019–20​​

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Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SABSI) associated with hospital care can be serious, particularly when bacteria are resistant to common antimicrobials.

A new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) – Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2019­–20 – shows that there were 1,428 cases of SABSI reported in Australian public hospitals in 2019–20, down from 1,573 cases in 2018–19.

In 2019–20, all states and territories had public hospital SABSI rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 patient days. Over the past 5 years, the SABSI rate has fluctuated at around 0.7, for instance, 0.74 in 2015–16 and 0.71 in 2019–20.

Rates were higher than the national average in Major, large and children’s hospitals. These hospitals generally provide a very broad range of services, including a number of highly specialised and complex services, and are more likely to treat patients who may be at a high risk of getting a SABSI.

As part of today’s release, the AIHW has also updated hospital-specific counts and rates of golden staph infections on the MyHospitals online platform.

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