National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a secure, internet-based surveillance system managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NHSN is open to a variety of health care facilities in the United States.

About NHSN

Hospital NHSN User Group

  • CHAIN: Hospital NHSN User Group
    The Hospital NHSN User Group provides a venue for MN hospitals to discuss NHSN use and is facilitated by Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), Stratis Health, MDH, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC MN).

NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module

  • NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module
    The NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance module provides a way for facilities to report and analyze the use of antibiotics and occurrence of drug-resistant infections. Reports can give facilities important information to help reduce overuse of antibiotics, and in turn, help to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections.

MDH NHSN Data Use Agreement (DUA) with CDC

MDH entered a Data Use Agreement (DUA) with CDC in 2013 and updated the DUA in 2017. This establishes a formal data access and data use relationship between CDC and the MDH. The agreement covers individual-identifiable and institution-identifiable data that have been submitted to NHSN by health care institutions in Minnesota. The DUA stipulates that MDH may only use the data for healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance and prevention purposes and not for legal or regulatory action. Public reporting of facility-level results by MDH is also prohibited.


  • As part of the process to update the MDH NHSN DUA, CDC held an informational webinar on November 17, 2017, for infection prevention and quality improvement staff from Minnesota hospitals, outpatient dialysis centers, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Updated Thursday, 11-Jun-2020 09:53:17 CDT