National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Information

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What is NHSN?

NHSN is a voluntary, secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates patient and healthcare personnel safety surveillance systems. It is managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. NHSN enables healthcare facilities to collect and use data about healthcare-associated infections, multi-drug resistant organisms, and other adverse events.

How is NHSN Data used in Michigan?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is using NHSN to collect information from hospitals about healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in order to monitor and characterize the burden of HAIs in Michigan.

The MDHHS SHARP Unit Surveillance Project

At the end of August 2009, the MDHHS SHARP Unit received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand its efforts in the surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infections.

Currently, the MDHHS SHARP Unit is still collecting voluntarily reported data via NHSN. As of October 2018, there are 115 facilities, including Long-Term Care Facilities in Michigan voluntarily sharing NHSN data with the SHARP Unit.


Enroll- All Facility Types Acute Care Facilities

 Long Term Care Facilities 

  • NHSN Enrollment Information
  • Data Use Agreement
  • CDC Help Desk
  • NHSN User Monthly Call Notes
  • Reporting Requirements
  • NHSN Training
  • NHSN Training



  • NHSN Data Analysis
  • NHSN Summary Data Reports
  • Aggregate Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Reports
  • Regional TAP Reports