National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

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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 Analysis training Training exercises - Self guided (PDF,  305 KB) Training exercises - Full navigation (PDF,  352 KB) Training - answer key (PDF,  80 KB) Patient import file (Excel,  1 KB) Procedure import file (Excel,  62 KB) Surgeon import file (Excel,  1 KB) NHSN Procedure record import 

NHSN Screenshot guides

NHSN - Target date calendar (Word,  622 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.

  • Hospitals
    • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) (PDF,  100 KB)
    • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI(Word,  295 KB)
    • Multi-drug resistant organisms / C. difficile infections (MDRO/CDI) (PDF,  176 KB)
    • Multi-drug resistant organisms / C. difficile infections (MDRO/CDI(Word,  306 KB)
    • Surgical site infections (SSI) (PDF,  110 KB)
    • Surgical site infections (SSI(Word,  301 KB)
    • Urinary tract infections (UTI) (PDF,  112 KB)
    • Urinary tract infections (UTI(Word,  296 KB)
  • Nursing homes (LTCFs)
    • LTCF rate tracker (Excel,  51 KB)
    • Multi-drug resistant organisms / C. difficile infections (LTCF MDRO/CDI) (PDF,  177 KB)
    • Multi-drug resistant organisms / C. difficile infections (LTCF MDRO/CDI(Word,  305 KB)
    • Urinary tract infections (LTCF UTI) (PDF,  80 KB)
    • Urinary tract infections (LTCF UTI) (Word,  268 KB)

HAI prevention home


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Gwen Borlaug, Infection Control Epidemiologist
Wisconsin Division of Public Health 
Bureau of Communicable Diseases
Phone 608-267-7711
Fax 608-261-4976

Last Revised: January 29, 2015