Safety of Cystic Fibrosis Patients at Health Care Facilities
AbstractCystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common, life-shortening illnesses; it’s a genetic disease that affects the transport of water and salt across cells and affects various organs such as lungs, liver, and pancreas . Cystic fibrosis patients need safety more than anyone else during their visits to the hospital, so CF patients are classified among one of the most vulnerable groups to get infections from the hospital during their visits. The purpose of this qualitative research is to study the safety of cystic fibrosis patients at hospitals and whether they have the proper safety precautions that they need at the hospital or not. The methods used in the study were reviews, interviews, and surveys - as the data collection method. The results obtained showed that sometimes it’s very challenging to protect the CF patients from getting infections and bacteria from hospital environments, also it showed that different hospitals and medical universities are taking proper and very strict safety precautions for CF patients due to mainly they are following the CF foundation guidelines and some universities are fully accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The study discussed, the safety precautions for CF patients in the clinic, how does the hospital environments affect CF patients, separating CF patients from each other, hand hygiene, nebulizer care for CF inpatients, safety precautions for CF patients during COVID-19 and infection control strategies for CF patients. Safety precautions and efforts of hospitals in dealing with CF patients have been discussed as well. Applying safety precautions for CF patients is challenging for hospitals due to the vulnerability of CF patients and hospitals should take strict actions on safety precautions to ensure the patient’s safety.
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