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Friday, 24 May 2013

Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011-12,

Australia's biggest public hospitals account for a disproportionate share of reported bloodstream infections caused by the potentially deadly bacteria Staphylococcus aureus that patients sometimes develop while receiving hospital care. The latest National Health Performance Authority report shows that of the 1,725 cases of S. aureus, or "Golden Staph", bloodstream infections across 352 public hospitals, 82% were at major hospitals. However, these hospitals only accounted for 64% of monitored patient bed days.

The report, Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011-12, also highlights variations in infection rates between similar hospitals and suggests there may bedifferences in hospital reporting methods and possible under-reporting.

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