In 2013, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) revised the evidence-based infection prevention and control guidelines. Many embrace the increased measures, others feel they are restrictive, not justified based on evidence, create challenges and have a negative psychosocial impact. It is our responsibility to provide the best care in the safest environment and to find solutions to these challenges so patients do not experience a lack of psychological support and social isolation. This symposium will review the key changes in the recommendations, discuss the evidence showing reduction in CF pathogens when guidelines are implemented, review the psychosocial impact and solutions will be shared.
Summarize the 2013 CFF Infection, Prevention and Control Guidelines to understand the key changes in recommendations that impact on the CF teams in the hospital and clinic setting and to understand how changes in infection control can reduce prevalence of CF pathogens.
Identify practical solutions to the challenges of implementing these new guidelines.
Examine the psychosocial impact of these guidelines on patients and families and develop strategies to minimize social isolation.