The CF Dictionary

BiPAP- A continuous positive airway pressure mode that helps keep the upper airways of the lungs open by providing a flow of air to the lungs through a mouthpiece or facemask. 

Cannula- a little line that goes into your hand or arm and is used for giving IV's. This can only stay in for a few days though.


CF- Cystic Fibrosis.


Creon- Tablets I have to take every time I eat to help me digest food. I usually call these my Enzymes.


eFlow-  eFlow rapid is a small, light weight, portable nebuliser, which is capable of efficiently producing aerosols from liquid medications. 

FEV1 - How much air you breathe out in 1 second. Measured in either percentage or in litres.

FVC - How much air you breathe out in total. Measured in either percentage or in litres.


INEB- A handheld, battery powered aerosol drug delivery system that produces aerosol in a different way than conventional nebulizers; it does not require a supply of compressed air to drive the system. 

IV's- Intravenous Antibiotics.


Lung Function- How well my lungs are functioning. This is measured in percentage under FEV1 or FVC to show how much percent of my lungs are functioning properly and actually working.


PICC Line- a long line inserted into the arm, that goes all the way to the top of the heart for giving IV's.


Portacath/Port- a small device, fitted under the skin, with a line attached that goes to the top of the heart for giving IV's. This is permanent and you just attach a gripper needle when you are in need of some IV's.


Puffer- This is known as a Nebuliser and it allows me to breath in antibiotics needed to keep my lungs well.


Scoliosis- A curve of the spine from side to side. Making it look an 'S' or 'C' shape.


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