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Infection Control - lung function testing

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Infection Control in lung function testing

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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 lung function testing be performed in one of the following ways:

All room surfaces and equipment will be cleaned between patients as per hospital policy for environmental cleaning.This may be achieved by using different rooms/equipment in the Lab for each person with CF.


  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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