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The standardized antimicrobial administration ratio (SAAR) is a novel antimicrobial stewardship metric that compares actual to expected antimicrobial use (AU). This prospective cohort study examines the utility of SAAR reporting and inter-facility comparisons as a motivational tool to improve overall and broad-spectrum AU within a three-hospital healthcare system. Transparent inter-facility comparisons were deployed during system-wide antimicrobial stewardship meetings beginning in October 2017. Stakeholders were advised to interpret the results to foster competition and incorporate SAAR data into focused antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Student's -test was used to compare mean SAARs in the pre- (July 2017 through October 2017) and post-intervention periods (November 2017 through June 2019). The mean pre-intervention SAARs for hospitals A, B, and C were 0.69, 1.09, and 0.60, respectively. Hospital B experienced significant reductions in SAAR for overall AU (from 1.09 to 0.83; < 0.001), broad-spectrum antimicrobials used for hospital-onset infections (from 1.36 to 0.81; < 0.001), and agents used for resistant gram-positive infections in the intensive care units (from 1.27 to 0.72; < 0.001) after the interventions. The alignment of the SAAR across the health-system and sustained reduction in overall and broad-spectrum AU through implementation of inter-facility comparisons demonstrate the utility in the motivational application of this antimicrobial use metric.

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Shealy, S., Kohn, J., Yongue, E., Troficanto, C., Bookstaver, P., & Justo, J. et al. (2021). Application of Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio as a Motivational Tool within a Multi-Hospital Healthcare System. Pharmacy, 9(1), 32.