NAPS

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The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) is a standardised auditing tool that is designed to assist healthcare facilities to assess the quantity and quality of local antimicrobial prescribing.

The development and implementation of the NAPS has been undertaken through an ongoing collaborative partnership between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care since 2013. NAPS is administered by the Guidance Group at Melbourne Health and is a program partner in the Antimicrobial Usage and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System.

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 has become an important tool for the implementation of the objectives of Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, and for increasing the appropriate and judicious use of antimicrobials. 

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. 


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