Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

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The Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (Surgical NAPS) is an online auditing tool that facilitates the reporting of antimicrobial use in surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in Australian hospitals each year.

The 2014 Hospital NAPS showed that surgical prophylaxis accounted for 13% of all antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals, of which 40% was inappropriate.

All facilities performing surgical procedures throughout Australia are encouraged to participate in the Surgical NAPS. The survey is open until Friday, 30 September 2016, and suits a range of surveyors, including pharmacists, nurses and doctors.

Data collection involved in the Surgical NAPS includes:

  • Patient demographics
  • Details of the surgical procedure undertaken – including procedure type and procedure duration
  • Risk factors affecting the choice of surgical prophylaxis prescribed
  • Antimicrobial details – including any existing antimicrobial therapy, peri-operative and post-operative therapy. Questions for each antimicrobial include documentation of administration time compliance with guidelines and appropriateness.
  • Optional 30-day morbidity and mortality outcome data.