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NHSN Set-up (required before beginning reporting)


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

First, add the 'outpatient hemodialysis clinic' location, choosing your own code and label (note: bed size is equal to the number of dialysis stations).

Then add Monthly Reporting Plans, beginning with the first month your facility will submit data.

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

Time to complete Step: 12 minutes

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Data Collection

NHSN dialysis event form

Once the preceding steps are complete, you are ready to begin reporting. Refer to the Dialysis Component protocol(s) for the surveillance your facility will participate in, such as the Dialysis Event Protocol [PDF - 342 KB], to ensure accurate reporting.

Establish a data collection process and begin collecting data on monthly forms.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions about Dialysis Event Reporting and FAQs about CDA Import for NHSN Reporting. [PDF - 181 KB].

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Report to NHSN

Access ‘NHSN Reporting’ at
Start reporting for the module(s) selected in Monthly Reporting Plan.

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Reporting Resources

Go to the Tracking Infections in Outpatient Dialysis Facilities for more reporting resources.


CMS requirements click here for more information

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    Atlanta, GA 30333
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