AUR – Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance Options

NHSN Educational Roadmap, AUR — Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance Options

Step 1: NHSN AUR Module Fundamentals

Start by familiarizing yourself with the basic elements of the AUR Module. Here you’ll find links to the NHSN AUR protocol and an overview of AU/AR reporting.


    • Details how data should be captured, the type of data collected, and the analysis report options.
  • Chapter 1: NHSN Overview [PDF – 384 KB] – January 2024
    • Explanation of the required facility Monthly Reporting Plan and Annual Facility Survey.


Step 2: Analysis Basics - How to review and analyze your AUR data

Now that you have a better understanding of the AUR Module, learn how to access your AUR data and generate a report.

Beginner Analysis

Step 3: Evaluation & Assessment - Compare your data

Compare your AUR data to yourself and/or a national risk-adjusted benchmark by learning to use reports such as the Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio (SAAR), the Standardized Resistant Infection Ratio (SRIR), and the Pathogen-specific Standardized Infection Ratio (pSIR).

AU Option Advanced Analysis

 AR Option Advanced Analysis

Step 4: Additional Resources

As a final step, explore the other analysis reports available to you.

Additional Content: CMS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program

For facilities participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program, we recommend checking out the content below to learn the prerequisites and steps to register in the NHSN AUR Module.