Important Information About Infection Risk for Heart Surgery Patients

NOTE: On October 13, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Health Alert Notice regarding heater-cooler devices and the risk of infection for open-heart surgery heart patients. Below is the information Helen DeVos Children's Hospital initially posted in April 2016.

April 2016

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) each have recently issued safety advisories regarding the potential risk of infection associated with heater-cooler devices used in certain heart surgeries. Health care providers across the U.S. have been alerted to the potential link between a type of bacteria that can grow in these devices and infections in patients. 

While the risk of getting this infection is very low—less than one percent—Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is informing patients of these safety advisories and the possible risk of infection linked to these devices. We are informing patients who had certain heart surgeries at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital between January 1, 2012 and November 10, 2015.

If you are a patient family or health care professional looking for more information, please click the appropriate link below.

If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please call us at the Congenital Heart Center 616.267.9150 or call the Spectrum Health nurse phone line 844.689.2875 or 616.391.9986

Information for Patients and Families


Information for Health Care Professionals