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released: 13 Jan 2017 author: AIHW

In 2015–16, 1,440 cases of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) were reported in Australian public hospitals. The national rate of SAB in public hospitals was 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care, and all states and territories had rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16, rates of SAB decreased from 0.96 cases to 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care.

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in Australian public hospitals 2015–16 
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 What is Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia?
      • 1.2 SAB is an indicator of the safety and quality of hospital care 
    • 2 There were 1,440 SAB cases in public hospitals in 2015–16
      • 2.1 SAB rates were lower than the national benchmark in 2015–16
      • 2.2 SAB rates varied by type of hospital
      • 2.3 SAB cases and rates have decreased over time 
    • 3 What is Australia doing to reduce SAB?
      • 3.1 Hand hygiene 
    • 4 Data collection
      • 4.1 Data quality summary 
  • End matter
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 74. Cat. no. HSE 184. Canberra: AIHW.

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