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Healthcare-associated infections NBEDS 2016-

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term577789
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The purpose of the Healthcare-associated infections National best endeavours data set (HAI NBEDS) is to support national monitoring of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), including Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB), in public hospitals.

HAIs are infections acquired as a direct or indirect result of health care.

HAIs are infections acquired in healthcare facilities ('nosocomial' infections) and infections that occur as a result of healthcare interventions ('iatrogenic' infections), and which may manifest after people leave the healthcare facility (NHMRC 2010).

The scope for this NBEDS is all public hospitals, including those hospitals defined as public psychiatric hospitals in the Public hospital establishments National minimum data set. All types of public hospitals are included, both those focusing on acute care, and those focusing on non-acute or subacute care, including psychiatric, rehabilitation and palliative care.

Collection and usage attributes

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Hospital establishment

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 The following terminology is used in this NBEDS:

  • A case refers to a patient episode.
  • Surveillance arrangements refer to the particular arrangements in place in a hospital to identify potential HAIs, and to further determine whether a particular potential HAI is healthcare-associated. Surveillance arrangements are typically undertaken by infection control staff in collaboration with clinicians.
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Data are collected at each hospital from patient administrative and HAI surveillance systems.

National reporting requirements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2016
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This NBEDS currently only covers the collection of healthcare-associated patient episodes of SAB.

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 hospitals.

The total number of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia patient episodes attributed to a hospital can be derived by adding the number of healthcare-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia patient episodes and the number of healthcare-associated Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia patient episodes.

Glossary items
Glossary terms that are relevant to this National best endeavours data set include:

Episode of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia

Geographic indicator

Hospital boarder

Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement–posthumous

Overnight-stay patient

Same-day patient

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) 2010. Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. Canberra: NHMRC.

Relational attributes

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See also Surveillance of healthcare associated infection: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia NBPDS Health, Standard 15/11/2012

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1Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
2Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
3Hospital—hospital name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
4Establishment—Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia surveillance indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
5Establishment—number of patient days, total N[N(7)]Mandatory1
6Establishment—number of hospital patient days under Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia surveillance, total days N[NNNNN]Conditional1
7Establishment—number of healthcare-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia patient episodes, total episodes N[NNNN]Conditional1
8Establishment—number of healthcare-associated Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteraemia patient episodes, total episodes N[NNNN]Conditional1
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