Over 1,700 cases of a potentially deadly infection reported in public hospitals.
The report found big differences in the rate of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections contracted by patients in hospital.
Major hospitals reported a disproportionate number (over 80%) of the 1,724 cases of potentially deadly healthcare-associated S. aureus. Both the antibiotic-treatable and the more serious antibiotic-resistant strains of S. aureus, commonly known as ‘Golden Staph’, were included in the report.
This publication was originally published by the National Health Performance Authority, which transferred its activities to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on 1 July 2016.