Surveillance for Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia

The rate of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in a hospital is considered to be an indication of the effectiveness of the hospital’s infection prevention and control program.

Implementation and Validation Guides

The rate of SAB is a key performance indicator for acute care hospitals in Australia and is reported nationally. National data for healthcare-associated SAB are published on the MyHospitals website

The Commission has developed a surveillance implementation guide and surveillance validation guide, found below, to support Australian hospitals and organisations undertaking SAB surveillance. Updated guides will be published during 2020.

A data set specification for SAB has also been lodged in METeOR, the online repository of national data standards operated by the Metadata Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This data set specification provides a detailed metadata standard to underpin national surveillance of SAB. The intent of this data set specification is to support local development of forms and systems; it is not intended that all data items be collected at national level.