Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is a systematic approach to improving antimicrobial use, with a view to improving clinical outcomes and minimising adverse events relating to their use, including the development of antimicrobial resistance. Effective hospital AMS programs have been shown to decrease inappropriate antimicrobial use, reduce the burden of multidrug-resistant organisms, and improve the safety and quality of patient care.
NAPS is a standardised auditing tool that health service organisations may use to assess the quality of their antimicrobial prescribing, including compliance with guidelines. NAPS is an online web-based survey. For more information on participation and to register to participate, go to NAPS. NAPS survey tools focus on antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals, aged care facilities, surgery and quality improvement. Previous published NAPS reports.
Antimicrobial prescribing e-learning
The ACSQHC and NPS have developed a series of online learning modules for healthcare professionals to promote and support the responsible prescribing of antibiotics.
What SA Health is doing
SA Health has prepared an AMS self-evaluation toolkit (XLSX 49KB) to enable SA Health facilities to monitor improvements in effectiveness of their antimicrobial stewardship programs. This tool is able to be modified by the user to suit small or large hospitals.
The Antimicrobial Awareness Week (AAW) campaign occurs annually in November. For further details regarding SA Health’s support of this campaign, see the AAW page.
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