Most golden staph in Armidale hospital

ARMIDALE hospital has the highest rate of golden staph infection in the region.
Nanjing Night Net

Five cases of golden staph bloodstream infection caught while receiving medical care were reported in 2011-12 over a period of 27,711 patient bed days – a rate of 1.8 cases per 10,000 patient bed days.

A report released by the National Health Performance Authority yesterday shows this is higher than the average rate of similar public hospitals around the country, which sits at 0.71 cases per 10,000 days.

The national benchmark is no more than two cases per 10,000 days of patient care.

Tamworth hospital reported eight cases in 81,020 patient bed days at a rate of 0.99 cases per 10,000 days, with the average rate of its peer group 0.9 cases per 10,000 days.

Tamworth was classed in the report as a major hospital with a smaller proportion of patients vulnerable to infection, while Armidale was a medium hospital with a higher proportion of at-risk patients.

The report, which looked at 352 public hospitals around the country, found those with more vulnerable patients experienced higher rates of infection, as do bigger hospitals.

People who contract golden staph infections can become very ill and have longer stays in hospital, and 20 to 35 per cent die from this or a related cause.

Performance Authority chief executive officer Dr Diane Watson said while the number of infections was small compared to the number of patients that pass through public hospitals each year, golden staph was a serious infection and each case was considered potentially preventable.

Inverell, Moree, Gunnedah, Glen Innes, Narrabri, Walcha, Warialda, Barraba and Bingara hospitals and multipurpose services reported no cases in the 2011-12 period.

Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital recorded 55 cases in 2011-12, giving it the fourth-highest rate of infection among major hospitals in Australia.

Armidale hospital has the highest rate of golden staph infection in the region.

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