[MCOH-EH] [EXTERNAL] Re: Short-time volunteers in health care facilities

Thanassi, Wendy Wendy.Thanassi at va.gov
Fri Jun 17 10:43:22 PDT 2016

If they are considered employees, for however short a time, (in gov’t) the facility is responsible for keeping patients safe from their active or insipient disease states; thus a TB clearance before “hire” is always prudent. We would use any clearance in the past 12 mos as adequate, and would use  a new IGRA for the others. They probably all have immunization forms that will confirm MMR vaccinations, and likely TB testing as well. 




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From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Sampson, Deborah
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 9:53 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [MCOH-EH] Short-time volunteers in health care facilities



Is there any data to support 2 hour rule? If so, I’d be interested in a reference to support some policy changes.


From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces+deborah.sampson=snhhs.org at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Philip Adamo
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 2:00 PM
Cc: Occ-Env-Med-L at listserv.unc.edu
Subject: Re: [MCOH-EH] Short-time volunteers in health care facilities


Hello Ed

Our general rule is if anyone is sharing more than 2 hours of air space with our patients they need TB in addition to MMRV immunity and Tdap.


Phil Adamo MD MPH

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Sorry for typos

On Jun 16, 2016, at 11:43 AM, Galaid Edward I <Edward.Galaid at RoperSaintFrancis.com> wrote:

	Cross posting to MCOH and OEM-L.

	We have high school and college kids coming through during the summer  for a wide range of volunteer and “shadowing” experiences …many of which are the patient care areas.   They’re here for between 8 and 40 hours, total.

	Is there a consensus as to what we need to do for them, from a medical clearance standpoint, stratified by how much time they’re with us.  The least invasive is looking at their immunization records.  The most invasive I guess is phlebotomy for an IGRA.




	Ed Galaid



	Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH

	Medical Director, Occupational Health Partners

	Roper St. Francis Healthcare   Charleston, SC

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