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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 39-Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2011

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 39-Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2011
METeOR identifier:Help on this term421616
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 31/10/2011
Description:Help on this termStaphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) associated with acute care public hospitals (excluding cases associated with private hospitals and non-hospital care).
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2011) Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 39: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2011 QS Health, Superseded 04/12/2012

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Acute care public hospitals are defined as all public hospitals including those hospitals defined as public psychiatric hospitals in the Public Hospital Establishment National Minimum Data Set.

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.

A Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia will be considered to be healthcare-associated if: the first positive blood culture is collected more than 48 hours after hospital admission or less than 48 hours after discharge, OR, if the first positive blood culture is collected 48 hours or less after admission and one or more of the following key clinical criteria was met for the patient-episode of SAB:

  1. SAB is a complication of the presence of an indwelling medical device (e.g. intravascular line, haemodialysis vascular access, CSF shunt, urinary catheter)
  2. SAB occurs within 30 days of a surgical procedure where the SAB is related to the surgical site
  3. An invasive instrumentation or incision related to the SAB was performed within 48 hours
  4. SAB is associated with neutropenia (<1 x 109) contributed to by cytotoxic therapy

Exclusions:

Cases where a known previous positive test has been obtained within the last 14 days are excluded. For example: If a patient has SAB in which 4 sets of blood cultures are positive over the initial 3 days of the patient’s admission only one episode of SAB is recorded. If the same patient had a further set of positive blood cultures on day 6 of the same admission, these would not be counted again, but would be considered part of the initial patient-episode.

Note: If the same patient had a further positive blood culture 20 days after admission (i.e. greater than 14 days after their last positive on day 5), then this would be considered a second patient-episode of SAB.

Analysis by state and territory is based on location of the hospital.

Presented as number and per 10,000 patient days.

Coverage: Denominator ÷ Number of patient days for all public hospitals in the state or territory.

Any variation from the specifications by jurisdictions will be footnoted and described in the data quality statement.

Computation:Help on this term

Numerator

10,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator).

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of SAB patient episodes (as defined above) associated with acute care public hospitals

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian)
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—person identifier
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Hospital service—care type
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Episode of admitted patient care—condition onset flag
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Episode of care—additional diagnosis
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termNumber of patient days for public acute care hospitals (only for hospitals included in the surveillance arrangements)
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian)
Data Source
State/territory admitted patient data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Episode of admitted patient care—admission date
Data Source
State/territory admitted patient data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Episode of admitted patient care—separation date
Data Source
State/territory admitted patient data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2009–10—State and territory, by:

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)/Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Disaggregation is subject to data quality considerations. Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  (MRSA)/ Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) indicator
Data Source
State/territory infection surveillance data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Comments:Help on this term

For some states and territories there is less than 100 percent coverage of hospitals. This may impact on the reported rate. For those jurisdictions with incomplete coverage of acute care public hospitals (in the numerator), only patient days for those hospitals that contribute data are included (in the denominator). Specifically, if a hospital was not included in the SAB surveillance arrangements for part of the year, then the patient days for that part of the year are excluded. If part of the hospital was not included in the SAB surveillance arrangements (e.g. children's wards, psychiatric wards), then patient days for that part of the hospial are excluded. Patient days for 'non-acute' hospitals (such as rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals) are included if the hospital was included in the SAB surveillance arrangements, but not otherwise.

Only episodes associated with acute public hospital care in each jurisdiction should be counted. If a case is associated with care provided in another jurisdiction (cross border flows) then it is reported (where known) by the jurisdiction where the care associated with the SAB occurred.

Patient episodes associated with care provided by private hopitals and non-hospital health care are excluded.

Almost all patient episodes of SAB will be diagnosed when the patient is an admitted patient. However, the intention is that cases are reported whether they were associated with admitted patient care or non-admitted patient care in public acute care hospitals.

Where there are significant variation, for example non-coverage of cases diagnosed less than 48 hours after admission, in the data collection arrangements it will affect the calculation of values across states and territories.

Variation in admission practices across jurisdictions will influence the denominator for this indicator impacting on comparability of rates.

Jurisdictional manuals should be referred to for full details of definitions used in infection control surveillance.

Most recent data available for 2011 CRC report: 2009–10

Data supplied for 2009–10 will not be comparable with 2008–09 data in 2010 CRC report.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termEpisode
Format:Help on this termNN[N]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termSafety

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceState/territory infection surveillance data
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

State/territory health authorities



Data SourceState/territory admitted patient data
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian
State/territory health authorities

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Benchmark:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PB 06-The rate of Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia is no more than 2.0 per 10,000 occupied bed days for acute care public hospitals by 2011–12 in each state and territory, 2011
Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Interim

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: P39-Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PB 06-The rate of Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia is no more than 2.0 per 10,000 occupied bed days for acute care public hospitals by 2011–12 in each state and territory, 2011 Health, Superseded 30/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 38-Adverse drug events in hospitals, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 39-Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in acute care hospitals, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 40-Pressure ulcers in hospitals, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 41-Falls resulting in patient harm in hospitals, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 42-Intentional self-harm in hospitals, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 43-Unplanned/unexpected readmissions within 28 days of selected surgical admissions, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 50-Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia in residential aged care, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

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