ANTI CROSS – INFECTION REQUIREMENTS
Contact with other people with CF may contain a risk of cross infection. Specific bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa , can spread from one patient to another. Infection with those bacteria can lead to a decline in lung function. Therefore, when attending events where other people with CF may be present it is important to follow certain hygienic guidelines, to minimise any possibility of cross infection. Please read guidelines carefully before attending the conference!
The possibility of cross infections between CF individuals observing proper hygienic measures may be very low, nonetheless we must request that those individuals who have cultured positive with Burkholderia cepacia, MRSA and/or other panresistant bacteria DO NOT attend the conference.
EVERY PERSON WITH CF HAS TO BRING THE FOLLOWING FORMS:
- A bacterial report, no more than 28 days old, will be required upon registration. Evidence of your bacterial status will need to be provided before we can allov entry to the conference!!
- A letter written on medical notepaper and signed by your CF physician will be required upon registration. This should state that you have not cultured Burkholderia cepacia, MRSA and/or any other panresistant bacteria for 12 months prior to the conference.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE BOTH PAPERS WITH YOU WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE.
OUT OF RESPECT TO OTHER PEOPLE WITH CF ATTENDING THE MEETING
WE CAN NOT ALLOW ENTRY TO ANYONE WHO CAN NOT SHOW THE ABOVE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR BACTERIOLOGICAL STATUS UPON ENTRY!!
We cannot guarantee a conference that is free if virulent bacteria. Therefore we urge you to discuss cross infections with your physician and decide for yourself if you wish to attend the conference. We do not recommend attendance by participants who use continuous oxygen or do not have a stable health status.
HYGIENE GUIDELINES for people with CF when attending CF conference
The following suggestions are recommendations, which allow PWCF to take full responsibility for their own well being and have respect for themselves and others around them during such times.
1. Always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze (preferably with disposable tissues);
2. Regularly wash and dry hands thoroughly or use antibacterial gel, particularly after covering your mouth to cough, and/or using toilet/bathroom facilities;
3. When using toilet/bathroom facilities, opt for dispenser soap use and disposable paper towels, in preference to multi-use soap bars and hot air hand dryers, where available. Always make sure your hands are as dry as possible; It is preferable to use your own, personal bathroom.
4. Use disposable tissues for sputum, throwing them away immediately after use in an appropriate container (not in the toilet);
5. Refrain from shaking hands with others (an alternative friendly gesture might be a gentle touch of the arm or shoulder);
6. Kissing (social or otherwise) is not advisable;
7. Do not share utensils, cups, canned/bottled drinks, etc with others;
8. Avoid using any ‘dips’ which accompany foods at buffets;
9. In the event of overnight accommodation, sharing rooms is not advisable;
11. When using the washbasin or shower, allow the cold water to run for 2-3 minutes to dilute any present bacteria;
12. Carry antibacterial hand gel with you at all times, and use at regular intervals to maximise protection;
13. Think ‘HYGIENE’. More and increased hygiene in daily life will help to prevent the spread of bacterial lung infections.