Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
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|Quality statement summary:|
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) calculated the indicator from data provided by states and territories. The AIHW is an independent statutory authority within the Health and Ageing portfolio, which is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister. For further information see the AIHW website.
The data supplied by the states and territories were collected from hospitals through the healthcare infection surveillance programs run by the states and territories. The arrangements for the collection of data by hospitals and the reporting to state and territory health authorities may vary among the jurisdictions. The AIHW does not have the relevant datasets to verify independently the data provided for this indicator.
|Timeliness:||The reference period for this data set is 2008-09.|
|Accessibility:||The following states and territories publish data relating to healthcare associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in various report formats on their websites:
New South Wales: Healthcare associated infections reporting.
Western Australia: Healthcare Associated Infection Unit - Annual Report
South Australia: Bloodstream infection surveillance report
|Interpretability:||The definitions used appear on the websites listed in Accessability.|
|Relevance:||This indicator is for episodes of SAB acquired, diagnosed and treated in public acute hospitals. However, the data provided include other healthcare-associated SAB which is diagnosed and treated in hospital but may have been acquired in non-hospital settings.
The reporting of this indicator has been limited to public hospitals categorised as peer groups A and B. Data for NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory are not available.
|Accuracy:||The Queensland data only includes episodes for patients aged 15 years of age and above. Hence the data exclude the two Queensland children’s hospitals, which are categorised in peer group A. There are minor differences in the wording of definitions used in other states.
The comparability of the data will be affected by the fact that it has not been adjusted for any different casemix between the states and territories.
|Coherence:||The data presented for the indicator have not previously been published at the national level. However, some jurisdictions have published their own data– see Accessibility.|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
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Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 39: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2011 QS