Statistical Process Control Charts for Monitoring Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections in Australian Health Care Facilities
Nabeel Imam, Tim Spelman, Sandra A Johnson, Leon J Worth
QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SAB) in health care settings contributes significantly to mortality, and improved processes are associated with reduced burden of infection. In Australia, health care-associated SAB (HA-SAB) rates are reported as a health care performance indicator, but standardized methods for analyzing longitudinal data are not applied. Our objective was to evaluate the utility of statistical process control chart methodology for reporting HA-SAB and flagging higher than expected rates. METHODS: A real-world test data set was defined as HA-SAB surveillance data collected by 155 Australian health care facilities between June 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017..View full abstract
VICNISS is fully funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Infection prevention staff at participating facilities are acknowledged for data collection and surveillance activities.