Do death certificates accurately record deaths due to bloodstream infection?

Christopher S Heather, Hong Foo and Iain B Gosbell
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00694
Published online: 3 November 2014

To the Editor: Sepsis and bloodstream infection (BSI) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality although they are amenable to targeted intervention in the hospital setting. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported 1463 deaths due to septicaemia in Australia in 20121 — a number that is likely an underestimate.2

  • Christopher S Heather1
  • Hong Foo1
  • Iain B Gosbell2,3

  • 1 Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Sydney South West Pathology Service, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Ingham Institute, Sydney, NSW.

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