The Hospital NAPS is the flagship survey and commenced in 2011. Since then, the NAPS program has grown and diversified to provide a suite of auditing tools that support the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) workforce and meet the geographical challenges of Australian hospitals. There are currently 4 modules available: Hospital NAPS, Surgical NAPS and the Quality Improvement NAPS which have been developed for hospitals, and the Aged Care NAPS which has been developed for residential aged care facilities. There is also a Hospital in the Home NAPS, General Practice NAPS and a Veterinary NAPS currently in development.
It does this by:
- facilitating effective audit and review of antimicrobial use, including compliance with prescribing guidelines and prescribing appropriateness
- facilitating effective communication about antimicrobial use and identifying key areas of concern
- supporting education and training of the workforce
- supporting implementation of AMS practices across all hospitals – urban and remote
- providing flexible and useful benchmarking within hospitals across units and wards, and between hospitals and jurisdictions