Coughing CF patients need a wider berth

Patients with cystic fibrosis can spread pathogens up to four metres away when they cough, and thus need wider separation from other patients in clinics, Queensland clinicians have shown.

Current infection control practices for CF clinics need to be revisited to reflect new findings that show pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa have extensive airborne transmission and can persist in aerosol form for up to 45 minutes, according to researchers from the Department of Thoracic Medicine, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.

In a study of 19 patients with CF who were chronically infected with