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Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteraemia Outcome Data

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. 

SAB outcome data

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.

Data submission   

To submit your DHB's Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection rates you will need to log out of the HHNZ website and log back into the site again using the password given to you when you received your number. If you cannot recall this special password or your DHB number please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once you have logged in and know your number please use the spreadsheet on this page (visible once logged in) to submit your data.   


Submitting data

SAB Data should be submitted on monthly basis. If you have issues in entering the data into the spreadsheet please forward your figures to the National Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.