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Volume 11, Number 4—April 2005

Research

Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia, Australia

Peter Collignon*Comments to Author , Graeme R. Nimmo†, Thomas Gottlieb‡, Iain B. Gosbell§, and on behalf of the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Author affiliations: *The Canberra Hospital, Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; †Queensland Health Pathology Service, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; ‡Concord Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia; and; §Southwestern Area Pathology Service, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

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Table 2

Rates of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) at individual hospitals

Hospital
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q
Total S. aureus bacteremia (SAB) 331 365 333 373 267 107 426 259 115 155 123 72 44 135 62 11 14
Rate/hospital admissions (x1,000) 1.29 1.80 2.21 1.83 1.37 0.80 2.29 1.48 1.69 1.48 2.10 0.78 0.68 3.24 1.27 0.60 0.93
Rate of community-onset infections* 0.51 0.74 0.94 0.99 0.66 0.35 0.99 0.83 0.77 0.88 1.06 0.58 0.48 2.40 0.80 0.11 0.80
Rate of hospital-onset S. aureus infection* 0.78 1.05 1.27 0.84 0.72 0.46 1.30 0.·65 0.93 0.60 1.04 0.21 0.20 0.84 0.47 0.49 0.13
Rate of hospital-onset MSSA * 0.54 0.58 0.74 0.64 0.46 0.42 0.41 0.55 0.49 0.25 0.59 0.10 0.08 0.62 0.41 0.44 0.13
Rate of hospital-onset MRSA* 0.24 0.48 0.53 0.20 0.26 0.04 0.89 0.10 0.44 0.35 0.44 0.11 0.12 0.22 0.06 0·05 0·00
Rate of S. aureus SAB sepsis/1000 OBDs 0.34 0.52 0.58 0.48 0.40 0.21 0.64 0.44 0.40 0.36 0.47 0.26 0.20 0.60 0.35 0.12 0.32
MRSA SAB rate/1,000 OBDs 0.08 0.17 0.18 0.08 0.09 0.01 0.30 0.05 0.14 0.15 0.13 0.05 0.05 0.06 0.02 0.01 0.00
MRSA SAB rate/1,000 OBDs- excluding 1 day only 0.10 0.21 0.22 0.09 0.11 0.01 0.39 0.06 0.15 0.17 0.15 0.06 0.05 0.07 0.03 0.01 0.00

*SAB per hospital admissions (x1,000).
†OBDs, occupied bed days; MSSA, methicillin-susceptible S. aureus; MRSA, methicillin-resistant S. aureus.

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1Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance contributors to this study were the following: Thomas Gottlieb, Concord Hospital; David McGechie, Denise Daley, Fremantle Hospital; John Ferguson, John Hunter Hospital; James Branley, Nepean Hospital; Graeme R. Nimmo, Princes Alexandria Hospital; Gary Lum, Royal Darwin Hospital; Alistair McGregor, Royal Hobart Hospital; Clarence Fernandes, Royal North Shore Hospital; Iain Gosbell, Archie Darbar, South West Area Health Service, New South Wales; Peter Collignon, Jan Roberts, Canberra Hospital.

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