Journal article

Measuring antimicrobial prescribing quality in outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) services: development and evaluation of a dedicated national antimicrobial prescribing survey.

N Deborah Friedman, Seok M Lim, Rodney James, Robyn Ingram, Mary O'Reilly, James GD Pollard, Sonia Koning, Catherine George, Arjun Rajkhowa, Douglas F Johnson, Kirsty L Buising

JAC Antimicrob Resist | Published : 2020


Background: Antimicrobial stewardship programmes are important in driving safety and quality of antimicrobial prescribing. The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) is a point-prevalence audit of inpatient antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals. Objectives: To design and adapt the NAPS tool for use in the outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) and hospital-in-the-home (HITH) setting. Methods: An inter-disciplinary working group with expertise in OPAT and HITH services was established to adapt the NAPS template for use in the OPAT setting-called HITH-NAPS. This was initially trialled in 5 HITH services, subsequently adapted following participant feedback, the..

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