Amanda Turkiewicz

In the clinic

1) Separate clinics are provided for people with CF based on what type of bacteria grows in their sputum.

 

Tuesday clinic is for those who are cepacia negative. This means you do NOT grow Burkholderia cepacia complex in your sputum.

Wednesday clinic is for those patients who are home IV antibiotics who are also cepacia negative.

Friday morning clinics which occur three times a month for patients who have Burkholderia cepacia complex in their sputum (cepacia positive). This clinic is further subdivided based on the strain of Burkholderia cepacia complex you may grow.

2) When you arrive to clinic you will be given a mask to wear and assigned a clinic room. While waiting for this room, you should wear the mask and keep a distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and other individuals with CF.

3) When you are in the clinic room, you do not need to wear the mask. You can leave your room for testing but otherwise you should remain in your room. The CF team will come to see you in your assigned room.

4) A sputum specimen is collected from each individual on every visit and sent to the microbiology laboratory for analysis. A sputum induction may be performed on those who have been unable to produce a sputum sample in the past year.

5) Your breathing test is usually done in your clinic room. Occasionally you will be taken to the Pulmonary Function Lab and will have you breathing test done in a clean room and you will not be tested in the same room as someone with different bacteria. All individuals will be asked to clean their hands before and after performing their breathing test.

6) Staff will wear a yellow gown and gloves upon entering your room and discard the gown and gloves upon leaving the clinic room.

7) Staff will wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting your clinic room. Feel free to ask them if they remembered to wash their hands.

8) Staff will clean all contact surfaces of clinic rooms with disinfectant wipes before a new patient enters the room.