Patient episodes of healthcare associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) may be counted for
an individual establishment i.e. the sum of the number of patient episodes of healthcare associated SAB within the establishment; and/or
a jurisdiction (i.e. state/territory) i.e. the sum of the number of patient episodes of healthcare associated SAB within establishments within the jurisdiction.
SAB rates will be calculated for each healthcare facility and jurisdiction as follows:
10,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Numerator: Patient episodes of Healthcare associated SAB
Denominator: Number of patient days
As with all hospital-based infection surveillance, the responsibility for collection, analysis and reporting generally rests with hospital infection control teams. In many states, jurisdictional surveillance units provide support for these activities for at least some hospitals, and relevant manuals and material from such units should be used where appropriate.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
ACSQHC Healthcare Associated Infection Technical Working Group