Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019) Hospitals at a glance 2017–18, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 30 January 2023.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2019). Hospitals at a glance 2017–18. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/hospitals-at-a-glance-2017-18
Hospitals at a glance 2017–18. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 23 August 2019, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/hospitals-at-a-glance-2017-18
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Hospitals at a glance 2017–18 [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019 [cited 2023 Jan. 30]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/hospitals-at-a-glance-2017-18
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2019, Hospitals at a glance 2017–18, viewed 30 January 2023, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/hospitals-at-a-glance-2017-18
Get citations as an Endnote file:
PDF | 3.9Mb
Some information is available on the safety and quality of admitted patient care in hospitals, but this does not provide a complete picture. There is no routinely available information on some aspects of quality, such as the continuity and responsiveness of hospital services.
In 2017–18, one or more hospital-acquired complications was reported for 185,000 hospitalisations (affecting about 2.0% of all hospitalisations).
The most common hospital-acquired complications reported were:
The rate of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB), also known as golden staph bloodstream infection, is an important measure of the safety of hospital care. The aim is to have as few cases of SAB as possible. One of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of SAB and other healthcare-associated infections is good hand hygiene.
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, the overall number of SAB cases in public hospitals decreased from 1,621 to 1,493. Over the same period, the number of methicillin-sensitive cases (MSSA) (treatable with commonly used antibiotics) was relatively stable and the number of methicillin-resistant cases (MRSA) decreased from 388 to 267.
For more information on hospital-acquired complications, falls and unplanned readmissions see Chapter 8 of Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics.
For more information on Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia see Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics.
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
The browser you are using to browse this website is outdated and some features may not display properly or be accessible to you. Please use a more recent browser for the best user experience.