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. A Hospital-in-the-Home NAPS and a General Practice NAPS are being piloted, and a Veterinary NAPS is in development.
The NAPS improves antimicrobial prescribing by:
- facilitating effective audit and review of antimicrobial use, including of 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; and
- providing flexible and useful benchmarking within hospitals across units and wards, and between hospitals and jurisdictions.