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NHSN Set-up (required before beginning reporting)

Step 1: Map locations

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Log in to SDN using your challenge phrase (password).
Select your facility from the “NHSN Landing Page".
Go to “facility” on the navigation menu and select locations.
For each unit in your facility, create a code, location label and assign a cdc location description. The codes and labels you choose will identify resident care locations in your facility. LTCF Component CDC Locations and Descriptions [PDF - 96 KB]

Tip: Set-up is a good time to add other users to assist with reporting.

Time to complete Set-up: 18 minutes

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Step 2: Create Monthly Reporting Plan

Monthly reporting form

Monthly reporting plans indicate which events you intend to follow. Can be completed for full calendar year. LabID Event Protocol or UTI Event Protocol.

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Step 3: Add users and Assign Rights

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a. Each user will need to complete training and obtain their own digital certificate.

b. We suggest a facility identify at least 2 users with administration rights.

Time to complete Set-up: 6 minutes

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Report to NHSN

Access NHSN reporting at
Start entering events for the modules selected in monthly reporting plan

Contact NHSN:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    National Healthcare Safety Network
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
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