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NHSN: Standardized Utilization Ratio (SUR) Reports Available

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) application now has a new measure and accompanying report.  NHSN released Standardized Utilization Ratio (SUR) reports within the application earlier this month.  SURs are comparable to Device Utilization Rates (DURs) because they both measure device utilization, but they are slightly different in the way they are calculated.  SURs are a scalable, risk-adjusted measure that can be compared across locations and facilities because they are risk-adjusted accordingly.  DURs can only be compared amongst the same location.  SURs can also indicate whether the observed number of device utilization days is better, worse, or the same than the predicted number of device utilization days.

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