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Infection Control practices for healthcare personnel

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Generic infection control practices for healthcare personnel

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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.

All healthcare personnel facilities caring for people with CF have readily available alcohol-based hand rub or antimicrobial soap and water in all patient rooms, lung function rooms, and waiting areas.

All healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene (either using alcohol-based hand rub or washing hands with antimicrobial soap and water), as per the 5 moments for hand hygiene and/or local hospital policy.

Healthcare personnel should not wear artificial fingernails or nail extenders when having direct contact with people with CF.

Healthcare personnel should disinfect their stethoscopes before and after use on each patient, with alcohol-based wipes.

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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