Volume of antimicrobial use in Australian hospitals (NAUSP)
The National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program (NAUSP) collects data on the volume of antimicrobial usage from Australian hospitals.
NAUSP is a voluntary program, administered by SA Health, which undertakes standardised measurement of antimicrobial use in Australian adult public and private hospitals. Antimicrobial usage for adult hospitals is measured in defined daily doses per 1,000 occupied bed days. In partnership with the Commission, work has been undertaken to include more than 200 hospitals, from all states and territories, contributing to NAUSP, including all Principal Referral Hospitals.
NAUSP provides an important tool for hospitals to support their local antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs. Participation in NAUSP can also assist hospitals to meet the AMS requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard.
The Commission has published a series of reports on analyses of NAUSP data, and NAUSP routinely publishes six monthly benchmarking reports for hospital peer groups, speciality units, states and territories.
For more information about NAUSP, including becoming a contributor, visit the NAUSP website.