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Infection Control - equipment

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Infection Control - equipment

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Key Points

  • Healthcare personnel should assume that all people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) could have respiratory pathogens that are transmissible to other people with CF.
  • Children and Young people with CF, who are inpatients, should be admitted to single rooms, and should not share a nurse with another patient with CF.
  • All people with CF should avoid close contact with other people with CF in all settings unless they are immediate family/whanau.
  • All clinics should implement a locally agreed infection control policy for Children and Young people with CF.

It is recommended that all airway clearance devices (e.g. flutter, acapella, PEP, therapy vest, and nebulisers) be for single-patient use only.

It is recommended that the following steps be performed for nebulisers used in both the hospital and home setting after each use:

It is recommended that the following steps be performed for airway clearance devices used in both the hospital and home setting after each use:

References

  1. Cystic Fibrosis, Australia (2012).  Infection Control Guidelines for Cystic Fibrosis Patients and Carers.  Available from: http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.au/media/wysiwyg/CFAustralia/PDF_files/02_CFA_InfectionControlGuidelines_LowRez.pdf
  2. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Guideline (2014).  Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Cystic Fibrosis: 2013 Update.  Available from: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/676882?origin=JSTOR-pdf
  3. Royal Brompton & Harefield, NHS Foundation Trust (2014).  Clinical Guidelines: Care of Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Available from: www.rbht.nhs.uk/childrencf

Information last reviewed: October 2016

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