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Routine surveillance cultures are an essential part of health maintenance for people with cystic fibrosis (CF). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundations (CFF) recommends that respiratory cultures be obtained every three months. The CF Care Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CMKC) also obtains respiratory cultures when there is an acute change in respiratory symptoms. The COVID-29 pandemic resulted in ambulatory clinic closures and an inability to obtain surveillance respiratory cultures. A creative solution for obtaining respiratory cultures was needed during the pandemic.


Pediatrics | Pulmonology


Presented at the American Thoracic Society Pediatric Assembly Townhall Meeting; April 30, 2020; Webinar.

Development of Drive-Through and Mail-In Systems for Obtaining Surveillance Respiratory Specimens in a Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center



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