NHSN Set-up (required before beginning reporting)
Step 1: Map Locations
Complete LTCF set-up training [PDF – 2MB].
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: 44 minutes
Step 2: Create Monthly Reporting Plan
Monthly reporting plans indicate which events you intend to follow. Can be completed for full calendar year.
Table of Instructions – Monthly Reporting Plan for LTCF [PDF – 112K] for LTCF Monthly Reporting
57.141 Monthly Reporting Plan for LTCF January 2017 [PDF – 42K]
Time to complete step: 7 minutes
Step 3: Add Users and Assign Rights
a. Each user will need to complete training and register with SAMS.
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
Go to the Tracking Infections in Long-term Care Facilities for more reporting resources.
- Page last reviewed: March 19, 2015
- Page last updated: October 13, 2015
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