National Antimicrobial Stewardship Point Prevalence Survey (NAS-PPS)

The BSAC National Antimicrobial Stewardship Point Prevalence Survey (NAS-PPS) System is a UK initiative to provide reference data on antimicrobial consumption in hospital settings.

Due for launch in January 2016, the objective is to provide an easy to use, responsive system offering real time reporting that will inform the improvement, development and aid monitoring of antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

The system will be available free of charge to all hospital trusts and boards wishing to undertake local or regional, and should the appetite exist broader point prevalence surveys and studies.  All data will be available via a national dashboard enabling trusts to share to level data, collaborate and learn from each other.

NAS-PPS will operate via an NHS compliant secure N3 server environment, enabling ease of access and meeting all NHS governance requirements.

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Historical information

The European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption (ESAC) was a European project coordinated by the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.  It comprised 34 participating countries, including all 27 EU (European Union) member states between 2000-2012.  Each country had its own national network of experts that collected data on the use of drugs to treat infections caused by bacteria (antibiotics), viruses (antivirals) and fungi (antimycotics) and sent the data to the University of Antwerp. ESAC ambulatory point prevalence data collection has now been taken over by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) which is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

BSAC provided finance and support to the UK Network that comprised representatives for the four UK health administrations during this time.

This work is now led by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): ECDC point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals




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