Hospital and Aged Care Antimicrobial Use
Data on antimicrobial use in Australian hospitals are collected for the AURA Surveillance System by the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) and the National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program (NAUSP).
NAPS also collects data on antimicrobial use and infections in aged care services.
National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS)
The Hospital NAPS and the Surgical NAPS collect data on appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals.
The Aged Care NAPS collects information about antimicrobial use and infections in aged care.
Information about Hospital NAPS, Surgical NAPS and Aged Care NAPS and annual reports for each program are available on the NAPS website.
Circulars which include detailed analyses of appropriateness data on particular topics are also published to promote quality improvement. The most recent circular is about appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which has consistently featured as an indication with one of the highest rates of prescribing inappropriateness and noncompliance with guidelines in the Hospital NAPS.
National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program (NAUSP)
NAUSP collects information about the volume of antimicrobial use in Australian hospitals and health services.
Information about NAUSP and reports on NAUSP data are available on the NAUSP website.
Antimicrobial stewardship and quality improvement
Participation in NAPS and NAUSP and use of data from these programs for improvement of appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing is one option that may assist with meeting the antimicrobial stewardship actions of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard.
Aged Care NAPS data may assist with meeting the requirements of the Aged Care Quality Standards