Patient Safety Analysis Quick Reference Guides
These quick reference guides were created to help you understand, modify, and interpret your data using the NHSN application’s various analysis output (report) options for the NHSN Patient Safety Component. These guides serve as companions to the “Introduction to NHSN Analysis” training slideset.
NHSN’s Guide to the SIR (updated January 2017) [PDF
- 1 MB]
A comprehensive guide to NHSN’s SIR, including risk factors used in the SIR calculations under the 2015 baseline.
Analysis Quick Reference Guides
SIRs under the 2015 Baseline (Baseline Set 2)
- New! SSI Exclusion Criteria for SIR January 2016 [Video - 7 min]
- Troubleshooting CLABSI and CAUTI SIR [PDF - 126 KB]
- Troubleshooting MRSA and CDI LabID Event SIR [PDF - 223 KB]
SIRs under the Original Baseline (Baseline Set 1)
Frequently Requested Output/Reports
- How to obtain rates/standardized infection ratios (SIRs) for a fiscal year or cumulative time period [PDF - 114 KB]
- How to obtain a line list of procedures [PDF - 130 KB]
- How to obtain an event line list that includes pathogen information [PDF - 151 KB]
- How to obtain a line list of summary data [PDF - 296 KB]
- How to View, Create, and Modify Dates Within NHSN [PDF - 350 KB]
Targeted Assessment Prevention (TAP) Strategy Reports
Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Reports
Description: Each of these guides will describe and provide an example of how to create, modify, and interpret the data displayed in a facility level TAP Report:
- TAP Reports For a Facility – CAUTI [PDF - 242 KB]
- TAP Reports For a Facility – CLABSI [PDF - 246 KB]
- TAP Reports For a Facility – CDI [PDF - 211 KB]
Description: Each of these guides will describe and provide an example of how to create, modify, and interpret the data displayed in a group level TAP Report:
Antimicrobial Use Option Output Types
Output/Report Option Types
Each of these guides will describe and provide an example of how to create, modify, and interpret the data displayed in the output/report.
- Line List [PDF - 173 KB]
- Line List - Custom Field Variable Names [PDF - 488 KB]
- Frequency Table [PDF - 193 KB]
- Bar Chart [PDF - 163 KB]
- Pie Chart [PDF - 165 KB]
- Rate Table [PDF - 191 KB]
- Run Chart [PDF - 187 KB]
- SIR Table: Device-associated [PDF - 140 KB]
- SIR Table: Surgical Site Infections [PDF - 218 KB]
- SIR Table: MRSA/CDI LabID Events [PDF - 305 KB]
Tips for Customizing Your Output/Reports
Filter Output by Time Period [PDF - 147 KB]
Explains how to filter any output option by a specific time period and includes a description for each of the date variable formats.
Filter Output by Additional Criteria [PDF - 179 KB]
Explains how to filter any output by additional variables and criteria.
Save Custom Output Options for Future Use [PDF - 156 KB]
Explains how to save modifications as a custom output option.
Share Custom Output Options with Coworkers [PDF - 110 KB]
Explains how to publish custom output modifications to be used by other users in your facility.
Export Data from NHSN [PDF - 181 KB]
Explains how to export your surveillance data and calculated rates and SIRs from NHSN into another compatible format.
Run Multiple Output Options [PDF - 276 KB]
Explains how to run different output options at the same time, also referred to as an “Output Set”.
Custom Fields [PDF - 165 KB]
Explains how to run analyses to include facility-defined custom variables (custom fields).
Using the Statistics Calculator [PDF - 324 KB]
Explains and provides examples on how to run statistical analyses on one or more measures using NHSN’s statistics calculator.
Detailed Guides for Specific Analysis Options
- How to Determine Procedures Excluded from the SSI SIR: Universal Exclusion Criteria February 2017 [PDF - 375 KB]
- How to Determine Events Included in the SSI SIR - SSI Event Indicators February 2017 [PDF - 383 KB]
- Analyzing Procedure Closure Technique March 2014 [PDF - 124 KB]
- Analyzing MBI-LCBI CLABSI Data [PDF - 109 KB]
- Using the "SIR-CAUTI Data for CMS IPPS" Output Option January 2017 [PDF - 215 KB]
- Using the “SIR - CLABSI Data for CMS IPPS” Output Option. January 2017 [PDF - 216 KB]
- Using the “SIR - MRSA Blood FacwideIn LabID Data for CMS IPPS” Output Option January 2017 [PDF - 154 KB]
- Using the “SIR - FacWideIn CDI LabID Data for CMS IPPS” Output Option January 2017 [PDF - 207 KB]
- October 2010: Special Edition [PDF - 571 KB]
- NHSN Data Quality Output Options [PDF - 1 MB]
- Analyzing HAI Data over a Time Period with Different Definitions [PDF - 150 KB]
HAI Antimicrobial Resistance Output
- Page last reviewed: February 27, 2015
- Page last updated: January 5, 2017
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