HealthDecember 26, 2019

Improving Antimicrobial Use with SAAR Benchmarking metrics

NHSN’s Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio offers hospitals an important opportunity to improve patient safety and quality of care. Learn how this can help hospitals optimize their ASP’s by pairing it with SAAR data.

In this video, we will explain how SAAR from NHSN is calculated and how you can use SAAR to benchmark and assess antimicrobial use in your hospital. Leveraging this standardized metric, you will learn to develop focused, targeted strategies to improve antimicrobial use at your hospital.

Learning objectives:

  • Define SAAR and explain how it is calculated
  • Interpret SAAR at your hospital and determine whether your usage is more or less than predicted
  • Design key strategies to improve usage of specific antimicrobial classes with elevated SAARs


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Manager of Pharmacy Services and Fellowship Director
Dr. Steve Mok has over a decade of experience in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship, infectious diseases and clinical pharmacy management. He has practiced in a variety of settings.

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