The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a secure, internet-based system which tracks healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). NHSN provides data to identify problem areas and measure progress of prevention efforts, with the ultimate goal of eliminating HAIs. Participation in NHSN reporting is part of the ESRD Quality-Incentive Program for in-center dialysis facilities treating more than 10 patients.
In order to access NHSN, facilities need to be set up in NHSN, and individuals need to register as users. This is a multi-step process that requires the completion of online training, installation of a digital certificate, and the submittal of both electronic and paper forms. The entire process can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Data to be reported on NHSN
Each month, facility users must log on to NHSN to indicate their patient census and the results of dialysis-event surveillance. In general, infection events would include:
- IV antimicrobial starts
- Positive blood cultures
- Pus, redness, or increased swelling at the vascular access site
The ESRD NCC has created a series of eight educational videos to assist facilities with registration and enrollment.
- National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) Registration for Outpatient Dialysis Facilities
Below are additional resources to assist with enrollment:
- Lifeline for a Lifetime
- Emergency Preparedness
- Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) LAN
- Additional Resources
- AIM-Specific Resource Libraries
- CMS Quality Conference