Device & Procedure-Associated Conditions

Modern healthcare employs many types of invasive devices to help patients recover. Such devices bypass patients' natural defenses against invading micro-organisms. Therefore, use of these devices has been linked to infections of the lung, bloodstream, and urinary tract. Similarly, surgical treatment may place a patient at risk of acquiring infection at the surgical site. Guidelines for preventing infections associated with devices and procedures are available.


The following are Device & Procedure-associated conditions that patients may encounter within a healthcare setting:

Data Collection & Analysis (Surveillance)

  • NHSN - National Healthcare Safety Network
  • NNIS - National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System
    Publications and information about NNIS and reports from the NNIS System
  • DSN - Dialysis Surveillance Network
    Publications and general Information about the DSN
  • S.E.A.R.C.H. - Surveillance of Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance Connected to Healthcare
    What SEARCH is and how to participate


These resources may be of use to healthcare professionals.

  • ICARE - Intensive Care Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiology
    Cooperative Study on the Magnitude & Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals, with a Focus on ICU's
  • BaCon Study – Bacterial Contamination of Blood
    Results and forms from the BaCon Study
Date last modified: July 18, 2007
Content source: 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases