5-Step Enrollment for Acute Care Hospitals/Facilities
Note: Once your facility is enrolled in NHSN, you can add additional reporting options using your monthly reporting plan or activating a new component within the NHSN application. You do not need to re-enroll for each type of event reported.
Step 1: Training and Preparation
Read NHSN Facility Administrator Enrollment Guide [PDF - 673 KB] March 2014.
Complete the 57.103 Patient Safety Component Annual Facility Survey Form [PDF - 66 KB]
Table of Instructions [PDF - 100 KB]
Complete required training: Overview of the Patient Safety Component [PDF - 464 KB]
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Time to complete step 1: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Step 2: Register
Agree to Rules of Behavior and register facility with NHSN using CMS Certification Number (CCN) or CDC assigned enrollment ID.
Time to complete step 2: 10 minutes
Immediately after registration, you will receive an NHSN email,
subject "Welcome to NHSN!"
Step 3a: Request Digital Certificate
Use the password provided in the "Welcome to NHSN!" email to enroll in the Secure Data Network (SDN) and request the 'NHSN Enrollment' activity. Successful enrollment in SDN will automatically generate a request for your digital certificate.
Tip: Make a copy of your challenge phrase (password), noting upper and lower case letters and special characters.
Time to complete step 3a: 16 minutes
Immediately receive NHSN email, subject "NHSN Digital Certificate Confirmation."
Step 3b: Install Digital Certificate
Within 3 business days receive PHIN email, "Action Required" and install digital certificate using instructions provided. Save a copy of your digital certificate.
Time to complete step 3b: 35 minutes
Step 4: Submit Forms Electronically
Log in to SDN using your challenge phrase (password) and select NHSN Enrollment. Submit required forms.
Time to complete step 4: 32 minutes
Immediately after submitting forms, receive NHSN email,
subject "NHSN facility enrollment submitted."
Step 5: Sign and Send Consent
Using the above NHSN email, open, print, and sign the consent form. Ensure 2 signatures are on the form and fax to CDC.
Tip: To open the consent form, you may need to log in to SDN using your challenge phrase and then copy and paste the link into that browser window.
Time to complete step 5: 10 minutes
Within 3 business days, receive NHSN email, subject "NHSN enrollment approved."
Congratulations, enrollment is complete!
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