Author Faculty (Discipline)

Nursing

Document Type

Research Report

NTRO Sub-type

Research Report for an External Body - Industry

Place of publication

Hobart, Australia

Publisher

Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date

2015

Embargo Period

10-6-2015

Scale/Significance of work

Major

Abstract

This report provides an overview of the Tasmanian acute public hospitals healthcare associated infection surveillance. This report contains the following findings:

-The rate of healthcare associated staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) remains low

-There has been a small decrease in the number of community associated SAB during 2014-15

-The number and rate of both 'hospital identified Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and healthcare associated-healthcare facility onset (HCA-HCF) are lower in 2014-15 compared to 2013-14.

-The number of new isolates of VRE have increased over the first two months of 2015.

-There remains room for improvement in the judicious use of antibiotics, in line with best practice, in some Tasmanian acute care settings.

-All hospitals have a hand hygiene compliance rate above the National Benchmark of 70 per cent.

ANZSRC / FoR Code

060502 Infectious Agents| 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)| 111706 Epidemiology| 111716 Preventive Medicine

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Creative Work

Peer Review

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Comments

Used by permission: Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services

This creative work (report) may be accessed from the publisher Public Health Services (Tasmania) here.

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