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A literature review supporting the proposed national Australian definition for Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia


Mitchell, B and Gardner, A and Collignon, P and Stewart, L and Cruickshank, M, A literature review supporting the proposed national Australian definition for Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia, Healthcare Infection, 15, (4) pp. 105-113. ISSN 1835-5617 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/HI10030


Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. During 2009, a national surveillance definition for SAB was developed through the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC). The aim of this paper is to review the literature surrounding SAB surveillance and in doing so, evaluate the recently developed Australian national definition for SAB. The issues examined in this paper that relate to SAB surveillance include detection, the management of duplicates, classification and acquisition of SAB. Upon reviewing the literature, it was clear that the national Australian SAB surveillance definitions developed by the ACSQHC Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Committee are consistent with the majority of literature. Where inconsistencies exist, for example the lack of acquisition information in SAB surveillance programs in the United Kingdom, it is clear that the Australian surveillance definitions are more robust and provide more useful information. The national surveillance definitions for SAB developed by the ACSQHC surveillance committee sets an improved standard for other countries. © Australian Infection Control Association 2010.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mitchell, B (Mr Brett Mitchell)
ID Code:83771
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2013-03-21

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