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NHSN Set-up (required before beginning reporting)

Step 1: Map Locations

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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.

Time to complete Step: 18 minutes

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Step 2: Create Monthly Reporting Plan

Monthly reporting form

Monthly reporting plans indicate which modules you intend to follow. Once the “Influenza Vaccination Summary” box is checked on a monthly reporting plan, the system will auto-check that same box on every monthly reporting plan throughout the entire NHSN-defined influenza season (defined as the 12 months from July 1 – June 30).  If your ASC also does SSI surveillance, you will have to enter monthly reporting plans for this in the Patient Safety Component.

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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 SAMS credentials.

b. We suggest a facility add 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

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Report to NHSN

Access NHSN reporting at https:// sams.cdc.gov.
Start entering data for the modules selected in monthly reporting plan.

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Reporting Resources

Go to the Tracking Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers for more reporting resources.

 

CMS requirements click here for more information

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