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NHSN Set-up (required before beginning reporting)

Step 1: Map Locations

Log in to SAMS using your grid card and password, and select 'NHSN Reporting.'
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 patient care locations in your facility.

CDC Location Labels and Location Descriptions January 2015 [PDF - 448 KB]

  Preparing your LTCF to report to NHSN March 2015 [PDF - 3 MB]

Time to complete step: 18 minutes


Step 2: Create Monthly Reporting Plan

screenshotMonthly reporting plans indicate which events you intend to follow. Can be completed for full calendar year. LabID Event Protocol for LTCF January 2015 [PDF - 151 KB] or UTI Event Protocol for LTCF January 2015 [PDF - 232 KB] .

Step 3: Add Users and Assign Rights

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 administrative rights.

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



Time to complete step: 6 minutes

Report to NHSN

Access NHSN reporting at

Start entering events for the modules selected in monthly reporting plan.

Reporting Resources

Go to the Tracking Infections in Long-term Care Facilities for more reporting resources.