Antimicrobial self-assessment toolkit (ASAT)

The Antimicrobial Self-Assessment Toolkit for NHS Trusts (ASAT) was developed by an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (ARHAI), in conjunction with the Department of Health (DH). It was developed by a review of the evidence base up to 2012, on antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) and also by consensus expert opinion. The ASAT is underpinned by these recommendations and also from the published clinical guidelines.

The main purpose of the ASAT is to evaluate and to assess the ASPs that exist within NHS acute hospitals. The ASAT could assist NHS acute hospitals to review their current antimicrobial stewardship practices. An ASAT evaluation will help hospitals to assess their performance against national guidelines and to identify areas for improvement so that the organisation can address any gaps in service provision and delivery. The results from an evaluation could also be used to help hospitals to develop a strategy for addressing and reducing healthcare associated infections such as Clostridium difficile and antimicrobial resistance.