Long-term Care Facilities (LTCF)

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The NHSN, Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) Component provides long-term care facilities with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way.

Tracking this information allows facilities to identify problems, improve care, and determine progress toward national healthcare-associated infection goals.

Facilities eligible to report into all modules of this component include nursing homes, skilled nursing, chronic care, and developmental disability facilities. Assisted living facilities can only report into the prevention process measures module.

Long-term acute care hospitals  (LTACHs) are not eligible to report into this component.


Click on each module to access relevant training, protocols, data collection forms, supporting materials, analysis resources, and FAQs.

LTCF manual
New! [PDF - 3 MB] - February 2020
A single document combining all LTCF protocols, data collection forms, form instructions, and other resources
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NHSN LTCF annual training materials, videos, and presentations
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Kick start your training with an overview of the LTCF component
FAQ icon
New! [PDF - 350 KB] - February 2020
Questions and answers categorized by topic
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Archived newsletters and email communications
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LTCF guidance and resources for internal and external data validation, including relevant archived protocols and trainings
Enroll in LTC
Enrollment for nursing homes, assisted living and residential care, chronic care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.