Episodes of Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia (SAB) in acute care hospitals.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2017

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Data cubes
  • Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)

Data scope

Includes counts of cases of SAB for each public hospital covered by SAB surveillance arrangements. For some states and territories, there is less than 100% coverage of public hospitals. Private hospitals are invited to provide data on the same basis, but are not required to do so. Some reports present data for public hospitals only.

A patient-episode of SAB is defined as a positive blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus. For surveillance purposes, only the first isolate per patient is counted, unless at least 14 days has passed without a positive blood culture, after which an additional episode is recorded.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

NHA PI 22–Healthcare associated infections: SAB 2017 

NHA PI 22-Healthcare associated infections; SAB 2017 DQS


External links and information 

Hospital level data: Web update: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2016–17

National data: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian hospitals 2016–17


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