Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Infection Control Policy Updates

Side note: I know I need to write an Easter post, and I'll try to remember to get to that when I have some extra time!

Last month, the CFF updated it's infection control policy.  Medical evidence continues to show that people with CF can spread various germs to others with the disease, so to protect all of the patients they made some revisions to the policy.  3 of the biggest changes are as follows:

* There can only be 1 individual with the disease present at any indoor CFF sponsored event, meeting, or office.  (In the past, multiple patients could be present, and they were to maintain the 3-4 ft. rule.)

* CF patients attending outdoor CFF sponsored events (like the Great Strides walks) need to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other patients.  (This is a change from past protocol, which was to maintain a minimum distance of 3-4 ft., so they doubled the minimum distance to better protect patients.)

* Any CF patient who ever had a positive culture for Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) may not be at any CFF sponsored event, meeting, or office.  (I can't remember what past protocol was for meetings or the offices, but I do know that a positive culture for B. cepacia automatically banned patients from the Great Strides walks.)

All of these changes make sense, and I'm glad that the CFF is taking all of the necessary steps to protect patients from potentially picking up a germ that could cause a lot of problems.

For more information, you can read the full infection control policy here.

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