Three year super-sized survey of super bugs

In the first national study of its type in Australia for over 30 years, a study involving Monash University, Deakin University and Avondale College of Higher education has identified that 1 in 10 adult acute inpatients has an infection as a result of their healthcare.

Data was collected from 19 large hospitals across the country over four months in 2018.

Following similar studies that are routinely done in Europe, the study also found the most common infections were those following surgery, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Additionally, the research identified many infections that hospitals would not normally detect in standard surveillance processes, and also found that one in ten patients were being managed for a multi-drug resistant organism.

Published in the open access journal, “Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control” the study highlights the fact that Australia is one of the few OECD countries that does not have a national surveillance program.

Lead researcher, Director of Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research, Associate Professor Philip Russo highlights the importance of the survey, “There’s a current lack of data on what’s happening nationally and we need to understand the national burden of healthcare associated infections, then use this information to develop national infection prevention initiatives.”