Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Glossary Item|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 25/01/2018|
A patient episode of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is 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 SAB will be considered to be a healthcare-associated event if either:
CRITERION A: The patient’s first positive Staphylococcus aureus blood culture is collected more than 48 hours after hospital admission or less than 48 hours after discharge.
CRITERION B: The patient’s first Staphylococcus aureus positive blood culture is collected less than or equal to 48 hours after admission to hospital and the patient-episode of SAB meets at least one of the following criteria:
If none of these criteria are met, then the episode of SAB is considered to be community-acquired for the purposes of surveillance.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
ACSQHC (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care), unpublished. Endorsed amendments to the Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) Data set specification (DSS). Sydney: ACSQHC.
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Establishment—Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia surveillance indicator Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Healthcare-associated infections NBEDS 2016- Health, Standard 25/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 22–Healthcare associated infections: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 22–Healthcare associated infections: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020