NHSN Biovigilance Component Set-up (required before beginning reporting)

Step 1: Map Locations
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Log in to SAMS using your username 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 April 2018 [PDF – 250 KB]

CDC Location Labels and Location Descriptions [PDF – 1 MB]

Time to complete step: 18 minutes

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Step 2: 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 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

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Report to NHSN

Access NHSN reporting at https://sams.cdc.gov.

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

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Reporting Resources

Go to the Blood Safety Surveillance page for more reporting resources.