Project: Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in Victorian hospitals: regional differences in disease burden and epidemiology
Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SABs) are associated with significant mortality and healthcare expenditure. Many hospitals, therefore, have structured infection prevention programs to reduce the risk of these infections. VICNISS facilitates surveillance of healthcare associated infections in Victorian hospitals, including SAB. The objective of this study is to evaluate the burden of SAB across the spectrum of Victorian healthcare facilities, including analysis according to hospital size. These data will assist in understanding if burden of illness varies according to location (metropolitan versus regional facilities) and findings will assist individual hospitals to benchmark SAB outcomes appropriately with hospitals of similar size or location.
The Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre is responsible for surveillance of healthcare-associated infections in Victorian public and private hospitals, and the aged care sector. As a funded service to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, data collation, analysis and reporting are provided, together with a platform for Health Services Research. The group includes clinical, epidemiology, biostatistics, and information technology skillsets. We have developed novel and timely methods for detection of new and emerging infections, enhanced data utility through linkage with relevant registries, and contribute to healthcare policy at the national level.
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Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in Victorian hospitals: regional differences in disease burden and epidemiology
Master of Biomedical Science, Honours