Higher rate of golden staph infection at Hervey Bay Hospital

FIGURES from the National Health Performance Authority have revealed Hervey Bay Hospital has a higher rate of golden staph infection than other hospitals in its category.

Performance authority chief executive Diane Watson said the number of infections per hospital was a key indicator of its quality, and Hervey Bay Hospital was in the category of 'large hospital, more vulnerable patients'.

Between 2011 and 2012 it had seven reported cases per 44,079 patient bed days, an average of 1.59 cases per 10,000 days.

The average for other Australian hospitals of its size and patient base was of 1.01 cases per 10,000 days.

However, it is lower than the two cases per 10,000 days the Australian Government is aiming for across the board.

"It is a great result for the Wide Bay Health Service to keep Staphylococcus aureus infections well below the national benchmarks at the Hervey Bay Hospital and non existent at Maryborough Hospital," Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief operating officer Phillipa Blakey.

"At Hervey Bay we still have some work to do with the rate of 1.59 infections per 10, 000 days of patient care in the reporting period 2011-12 but we are committed to our plan of achieving a zero SAB rate at Hervey Bay Hospital as well."



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