Infection control with cystic fibrosis
Infection control seems like a common-sense procedure. Some people don’t understand how serious an issue this can be for people with cystic fibrosis. One of the first things learned as a toddler is the importance of washing hands. That’s because proper hand hygiene is one of the easiest ways the spread of germs can be reduced. Germs are everywhere and usually unavoidable. In a healthy person, the stakes aren’t very high. If they go to the grocery store and encounter germs, a common cold might be the worst effect. For a person who suffers from a chronic illness, it could literally mean life or death.
People with cystic fibrosis are especially at-risk. They already have an illness that affects the lungs. The condition causes these patients to be more susceptible to illness. Contact with the wrong germs can lead to serious lung infections in these patients. In a patient whose immune system is already compromised, staying healthy is a top priority.