Respiratory Care

Breathing problems (also called respiratory or pulmonary problems) affect the lungs and the airways. These are among the most serious problems associated with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The severity of respiratory problems differs for each person. For most people with CF, lung disease affects how well the patient will do and how long they will live. There are many treatments available to keep the lungs as healthy as possible.

Early treatment of the lungs may include the use of airway clearance techniques (ACT) that work by mobilizing secretions, inhalation therapy to deliver medications to the lungs, early treatment of respiratory illnesses, and the use of medications that have proven to be effective in CF.

The therapists perform ongoing assessments because ACT options may change as your child grows older, preferences change or new options become available. Our therapists teach patients and families proper technique and provide instruction on the recommended cleaning and disinfecting of respiratory equipment.

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The clinic is moving locations this summer. Stay tuned for more information!

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We hold monthly meetings during the school year with our Patient and Family Advisory Board (PFAB). We work on issues and ways to improve CF patient care in the clinic and in the hospital

Testing for CF

Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation – accredited care center.

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Our center puts on free education days every other year to help educate hospital staff and anyone in the community about CF

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Our center is moving locations in the spring of 2018! Stay tuned…

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Many Cystic Fibrosis patients and families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. But CF Foundation Compass, a service formerly known as PARC, makes sure no one has to do it alone.

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For the first time, adults outnumber children in the CF Registry.  50.7% of people in the registry are over the age of 18.

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We have a Facebook page, too! https://www.facebook.com/cysticfibrosisidaho/

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Idaho is now screening for a handful of CF mutations on the newborn screening.

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You can have your picture scrolling at the top! Just e-mail one you would like us to add and sign a photo release form

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Patient education nutrition recipes: add: For more recipes, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cysticfibrosisidaho/

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