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Infection Control in CF Clinics

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Infection Control recommendations in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinics

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Key Points

  • Healthcare personnel should assume that all people with 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 clinics schedule and manage people with CF in ways to minimise the time in common waiting areas. Such strategies might include the following:

To prevent transmissible pathogens occurring between children and young people with CF, healthcare workers should observe an appropriate combination of practices (e.g. hand hygiene) and barrier precautions (e.g. gown, mask, gloves) based on the anticipated exposure when they care for a patient.

If a person with CF is admitted to the clinic room directly after another person with CF, all room surfaces (desks, chairs, beds, door handles, taps, hand wash etc.) will be cleaned between patients as per hospital policy for environmental cleaning. After cleaning, room is to be left for at least 30minutes between patients.

Any shared equipment (stethoscopes, thermometers, pulse oximeter leads etc.) will be cleaned between people with CF as per hospital policy for medical equipment cleaning.


  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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