Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

Megan Reilly

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.