Since Staphylococcus aureus is the most common healthcare associated pathogen in most New Zealand hospitals, its rate of isolation and the number of patients with healthcare associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia per 1000 inpatient days is a good outcome measure to monitor the impact of improvements in hand hygiene practice. This data should be collected by the DHB hand hygiene coordinator.
The surveillance definition that is used is drawn from that used by the Ministry of Health benchmarking project. It is also the same surveillance definition now used nationally in Australia.
DHBs should submit Staphylococcus aureus data to HHNZ by the required submission dates as outlined on the HHNZ website, via the web based form together with the organisation's hand hygiene compliance assessment data (in the required format).
Retrospective assessment of Staphylococcus aureus rates
To provide relevant data regarding Staphyloccous aureus rates during the implementation of the hand hygiene culture change programme, all DHBs are requested to provide monthly healthcare associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection rates from January 2012.
Data will be submitted for each month within the audit periods one month after the closing date e.g. for 30 June 2015 submit SAB rates and inpatient data for April, May and June by 31 July 2015.