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NHSN Biovigilance Component 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.

Location Mapping Quick Reference Guide February 2013

CDC Location Labels and Location Descriptions, January 2018 [PDF – 1M]

Time to complete step: 18 minutes


Step 2: Add Users and Assign Rights

a. Each user will need to complete training and obtain their own SAMS credentials.

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 2: 6 minutes


Step 3: Required Training for All Biovigilance Component Users

Complete required training:

Incident Reporting [PDF – 94K]

Adverse Reaction and Denominator Reporting [PDF – 69K]



Time to complete step 3: 2 hours, 45 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 Acute Care Facilities / Hospitals for
more Blood Safety Surveillance reporting resources.