Cdifficile Reporting & Reduction Initiative

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network is the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system.  NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify infections, measure progress of infection prevention efforts, and ultimately reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Eliminating infections, many of which are preventable, is a significant way to improve care and decrease costs. CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network provides long-term care facilities with a customized system to track infections in a streamlined and systematic way. When facilities track infections, they can identify problems and track progress toward stopping infections. NHSN’s long-term care component is ideal for use by: nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, chronic care facilities, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities

Great Plains QIN is partnering with nursing homes across the region to prepare them for future quality reporting requirements, improve infection control practices, and improve resident outcomes.  Participating Nursing Homes are using NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network) to track CDI (Clostridium difficile) rates as well as receiving tools, resources, and education for infection prevention, control and communication.

SAMS Help Desk
or 877-681-2901 for questions specific to the SAMS registration identification verification process or SAMS login.

NHSN Help Desk
for all other NHSN-related questions.
CC your state contact and put LTCF in the subject line of emails to help desk.

NHSN Step by Step Instructions

Included in this series of 6 videos by Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) are step by step instructions on the NHSN enrollment process. These videos are full of useful information for the first time NHSN enrollee. Watch all 6 videos in the series by pressing the play button, or choose individually from the list. 

NHSN Enrollment Introduction and IT Setup
Step 1: Required Training and Preparation
Step 2: Register Facility with NHSN
Step 3: Register your Facility with SAMS
Step 4: Submitting the NHSN LTCF Forms Electronically
Step 5: Sign and fax the NHSN agreement to participate

NHSN for Nursing Homes

The Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (LSQIN) has created 7 videos that will assist Nursing Homes in utilizing NHSN to report C. difficile data.  These videos are a great starting point for the successful submission of data to NHSN. Watch all 7 videos in the series by pressing the play button, or choose individually from the list. 

Resources
Logging Into NHSN
Surveillance
Mapping Locations
Monthly Reporting Plans
CDI LabID Events
Monthly Summary Data

Meet the Experts

Tammy Baumann

Tammy Baumann

Quality Improvement Advisor
Nebraska
1-402-476-1399 Ext: 523
Email Tammy

Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis, RN, BSN

Infection Prevention Project Manager
Kansas
1-785-271-4168
Email Brenda

Michelle Lauckner

Michelle Lauckner, RN, BA, RAC-CT, IP-BC

Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
1-701-989-6229
Email Michelle

Lori Hintz

Lori Hintz, RN

Program Manager
South Dakota
1-605-354-3187
Email Lori

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.