Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
NHSN is a national HAI database used by healthcare providers to report surveillance data using standardized definitions. DPH encourages Wisconsin providers to use NHSN to enhance statewide surveillance. Aggregate state data are available in the DPH annual HAI report (PDF, 120 KB).
NHSN is also the HAI surveillance method used by federal public reporting programs. Hospital-specific data are available on the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) CheckPoint® and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare websites.
NHSN user resources
NHSN Procedure record import
NHSN Screenshot guides
- Add surgeons (PDF, 469 KB)
- Custom fields (PDF, 145 KB)
- Custom procedures (PDF, 227 KB)
- Import patients (PDF, 335 KB)
- NHSN - Tutorials
- Surveillance for CRE using NHSN (PDF, 39 KB)
NHSN surveillance worksheets
These worksheets were developed to provide hospitals and nursing homes with a checklist for working through potential HAI cases using the NHSN definitions. The Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) rate tracker incorporates NHSN definitions for easy rate calculation and graphing.
- Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) (PDF, 100 KB) (Word, 295 KB)
- Multi-drug resistant organisms / C. difficile infections (MDRO/CDI) (PDF, 176 KB) (Word, 306 KB)
- Surgical site infections (SSI) (PDF, 110 KB) (Word, 301 KB)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) (PDF, 112 KB) (Word, 296 KB)
- Nursing homes (LTCFs)
Gwen Borlaug, Infection Control Epidemiologist
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases