Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Program
Infection Control - CF Identifier badge
The Cystic Fibrosis Patient/Parent Workgroup with support from the Cystic Fibrosis Program at Phoenix Children’s has created a CF Identifier badge which can be picked up with your visitor badges. The idea of the CF Identifier badge originated from the CF Family Advisory Council to help provide greater infection control for patients with CF as they go to other areas of the hospital. The hope is that this identifier will have an immediate helpful impact on the patients and families with CF that come to Phoenix Children’s for care and support.
Participation is completely voluntarily. Like the visitor badges, the CF Identifier will be picked up and dropped off at the lobby front desk of the hospital upon arrival and departure of your visit. Patients and families are encouraged not to take the CF Identifiers home as this would fall outside the infection control guidelines. The purpose of the identifier is to help facilitate awareness between CF patients and their families while at the hospital. As shown, the identifier is purple with “Just Breathe…” with lungs in the background – no labels specifically stating “cystic fibrosis” or “CF” is located on this identifier. Instead, the “Just Breathe…” identifier can be worn by either the patient or family member as a common identifier amongst CF families while at Phoenix Children’s. As a reminder, the CF infection control guidelines also recommend that patients with CF wear a disposable surgical mask when they are not in the clinic exam room (i.e., lobby, hallway, elevator, gift shop, waiting room, etc.) to help prevent the spread of germs and protect our patients with CF. When you check in for your appointment in the main lobby, please ask the desk attendant for a mask. If you have any questions about these recommendations, please ask you clinical team.
While we encourage the use of this CF identifier badge, we also understand that some families and individuals may not be comfortable with this identifier. All families have the choice to opt out of wearing this identifier. There is no pressure or expectation that families will use this opportunity. The Family Advisory Council in conjunction with the CF Center wants to ensure CF patients and their families have options when they come to the clinic for a visit. The council and the center encourage feedback and suggestions.