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Infection Control - healthcare education

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Infection Control education

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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.

Healthcare personnel should assume that ALL people with CF could have pathogens in respiratory tract secretions that are transmissible to other people with CF.

All healthcare personnel caring for children and young people with CF (e.g. the CF care team, inpatient and outpatient staff, and staff in diagnostic and therapeutic areas, including Respiratory Physiology laboratories, radiology, phlebotomy and hospital based school, activity or playrooms) should receive education regarding Infection Control practices for CF. Education should be repeated at intervals as each CF Team deems appropriate.

All children and young people with CF and their families should receive age-appropriate education regarding the Infection Control Practices in CF.

CF teams should collaborate with their hospitals Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) teams to develop protocols, checklists and audits to standardise implementation of practices for the following:


  1. Cystic Fibrosis, Australia (2012).  Infection Control Guidelines for Cystic Fibrosis Patients and Carers.  Available from:
  2. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Guideline (2014).  Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Cystic Fibrosis: 2013 Update.  Available from:
  3. Royal Brompton & Harefield, NHS Foundation Trust (2014).  Clinical Guidelines: Care of Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Available from:

Information last reviewed: October 2016

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