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). The purpose of NCAS is to collect and analyse data on the appropriate use of, and prescribing practices for, antimicrobials in hospitals through the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS).
NAPS is a voluntary annual audit of antimicrobial use by health services. It provides 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 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.
Successive annual Hospital Antimicrobial Prescribing Surveys since 2013 have identified rates of inappropriate prescribing of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis of around 40%.
The Surgical NAPS (SNAPS) was developed to collect more detailed information about prescribing practices for surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis, to guide quality improvement programs. The 2016 pilot SNAPS has identified a continuing high level of inappropriate prescribing of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis of just over 43%.
For more detail on prescribing of surgical prophylaxis read: Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey: Results of the 2016 pilot
To find out about antimicrobial prescribing in Australian residential aged care facilities, visit the acNAPS page.