Infection control when attending clinic appointments and staying in hospital is important to prevent cross infection between patients.

When you are in hospital you will be segregated from the other patients with any form of chronic suppurative lung disease (that is any lung disease that produces mucus such as PCD and Cystic Fibrosis). Certain bugs, such as pseudomonas, are potentially much more likely to cause progression of lung disease and every effort should be made to prevent cross infection.

This is achieved by having high levels of personal hygiene, separation of patients on wards and in clinic and avoiding sharing rooms for physiotherapy.

You should ensure that you clean and sterilise all nebulizer equipment as per the manufacturer’s instructions. It is also important that you do not share any equipment with your brothers and sisters. If you are in hospital don’t forget to wash and sterilise equipment – if this is a problem as the nurses to help.

In general it is a good idea to do the following to avoid infections:

  • When you cough cover your mouth with your hand or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue quickly. Politely ask that other people do the same.
  • Do not share drinking bottles, cups or glasses.
  • Wash your hands and home and work surfaces regularly.