One in 10 COVID-19 deaths from nosocomial infection: report

Factors included patient agitation and wandering, poor ventilation and lack of testing, review finds

More than 10% of Victorians who died from COVID-19 last year acquired the disease in hospital, a government report reveals.


Some 266 patients hospitalised with COVID-19 likely acquired the coronavirus after admission, and 85 of these patients died, according to the report led by the state’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.

This compared with an estimated 820 total deaths in Victoria from more than 20,000 total cases.

Many hospital-acquired infections were in frail patients admitted from aged