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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Launches New Capabilities for Aging Services

by Published On: Sep 20, 2012
Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) recently launched new capabilities allowing nursing homes and other long-term care providers, including assisted living and residential care facilities, to monitor healthcare-associated infections.  

Additional new NHSN capabilities include electronic acceptance of dialysis events and summary data on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel.

More on What NHSN Can Now Monitor

The new NHSN component allows facilities to monitor: 

  • Healthcare-Associated Infections: The new NHSN component allows facilities to track Clostridium difficile, drug-resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), urinary tract infections, and healthcare worker adherence to basic infection control procedures including hand hygiene and glove and gown use. To access or enroll your facility in NHSN's long-term care component, see the CDC's Tracking Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities.
  • Dialysis Events: NHSN is now able to accept Dialysis Event numerator and denominator data electronically via a Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) file import. Dialysis facilities that are interested in reporting to NHSN using the CDA import should work with their parent organizations or electronic medical record software vendors to create properly formatted CDA files that can be submitted to NHSN. Questions about electronic reporting to NHSN via CDA can be sent to the NHSN CDA Helpdesk at
  • Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination: The new Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Summary protocol, report form, and table of instructions are now posted on at HPS Vaccination Module. While acute care hospitals participating in CMS Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program will be required to submit summary data on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel via NHSN beginning on January 1, 2013, this tool can be used in all types of healthcare facilities including long-term care facilities, outpatient dialysis centers, acute care hospitals, long term acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers.       

NHSN is a voluntary secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates and expands legacy patient and healthcare personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at CDC. 

Since 2008, enrollment in NHSN has been open to all types of healthcare facilities in the United States, including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient dialysis centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and long term care facilities. 


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