The Commission is working with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) at the Doherty Institute (a joint venture between the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne) to collect and analyse data on the appropriate use of antimicrobials in hospitals through the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS).
NAPS is a voluntary annual audit of health services, to provide a snapshot of medication charts and patient records which have been assessed for appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing, and compliance with guidelines.
The results from the NAPS can be used as evidence to support the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) criterion of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard 3: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections.
For more information on NAPS, or to participate in the survey, please visit the NAPS website.
The 2013 NAPS Report, Antimicrobial Prescribing Practice in Australia: Results of the 2013 National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey, was released on 19 November 2014.
This Report provides important information on the antimicrobial prescribing practices in Australian hospitals. A total of 151 hospitals (132 public and 19 private) contributed to the data from every state and territory. This survey comprised approximately 13,000 individual prescriptions for 7,700 patients.
The overall findings of the 2013 NAPS demonstrate a number of areas where significant improvements can be made at the hospital level, as well as regionally and nationally. Prominent among these are the following:
The 2014 NAPS Report, Antimicrobial prescribing practice in Australian hospitals: Results of the 2014 National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey, was released on 24 July 2015.
A total of 248 hospitals (197 public and 51 private) participated, representing a 64 per cent increased participation level from the previous year.
The results of the 2014 survey were similar with 2013, and demonstrated a number of areas where significant improvements can be made at the hospital level, as well as regionally and nationally. In the 2014 survey:
The Commission is working with NCAS to expand NAPS into other health sectors. The first step will be development and piloting of a dedicated aged care module, called acNAPS, with the aim of improving AMS activities in the residential aged care facility setting. The Commission has developed the acNAPS Infographic to encourage residential aged care facilities to participate in acNAPS and to develop AMS strategies to improve appropriate antimicrobial prescribing.