Hervey Bay Hospital’s staph rate is above average

NEW data from the Federal Government's My Hospital website has revealed the Hervey Bay Hospital's golden staph infection rate was higher than average in 2012 and 2013.

When compared to similar hospitals - classified as large hospitals with more vulnerable patients - Hervey Bay showed a rate of 1.48 infections per 10,000 patient bed days.

The average rate of infection for other hospitals was 1.05 infections per 10,000 patient bed days.

A spokeswoman from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service said golden staph was a common term used to classify Staphylococcus aureus, which was a normal part of the body's flora.

It is found on the skin of all healthy people but when the bacterium is found in wounds or the bloodstream it can cause serious illness.

She said good general hygiene could prevent wounds from becoming infected with staphylococcus.

"Cleaning of wounds, hand hygiene and the treatment with antibiotics can help prevent the risk of staphylococcus infection," the spokeswoman said.

"Staphylococcus infections are more prevalent in the summer months.

"All hospitals, including Hervey Bay, work to reduce the incidence of infections through adherence to infection control principles, such as hand hygiene and aseptic techniques when performing clinical care."

She said people with a greater occurrence of staphylococcus as part of their normal flora could be at an increased risk of developing an infection.



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