Saturday, June 20, 2009
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.