Port Macquarie Hospital has topped the ‘major’ hospital’s list in Golden Staph infections for 2012-13, following the release of The National Health Performance bloodstream infections report.

The hospital had a reported 17 cases of the potentially preventable infection, Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Golden Staph.

In 2012-13 there were 1,724 cases of healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infection reported as being caught while receiving care in a public hospital.

The report differentiates between more vulnerable patient populations by distinguishing those being admitted for the treatment of conditions such as HIV/AIDS, burns or surgery over other hospitals.

The Hunter’s second biggest hospital, the Calvary Mater, topped the list in the state’s ‘large’ hospitals with vulnerable patients, at 19 cases during that financial year.

Gosford Hospital was second in ‘major’ hospitals when taking into account its patient population, reporting 31 cases while the John Hunter Hospital was third, reporting 45 cases.

Lismore, The Tweed, Coffs Harbour and Wyong were fairly high on the list, while Tamworth recorded a comparatively low 6 cases.

Read the report HERE 

Meantime the latest report from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) shows Hunter New England Health’s Emergency Department’s performance continues to improve with 78% of patients seen within four hours.

The BHI figures show Armidale Hospital recorded the best result of the district’s acute hospitals, with 90% of patients leaving the emergency department within four hours.