[MCOH-EH] TB exposure screening questions

Deborah A. Pruim dpruim at lcmh.org
Fri Dec 28 05:02:38 PST 2018

A confirmed exposure requires baseline TB testing immediately with follow up testing in 12 weeks.
Deborah Pruim, RN, MSN, APN, CNS
Employee Health Services
Little Company of Mary Hospital
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL  60805
Monday - Friday
Phone:  708-229-5623
Fax:  708-229-6618
dpruim at lcmh.org<mailto:dpruim at lcmh.org>
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From: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net> On Behalf Of PRATER, DEANNA
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2018 3:11 PM
To: mcoh-eh at mylist.net
Subject: [MCOH-EH] TB exposure screening questions

Do your facilities have a standard set of questions to rule out exposure risk to health care workers when a TB patient has been confirmed later in their hospital stay?  I am new in my role, and my predecessor has an algorhythm in which the following questions are asked:

Was the source patient's mouth and nose covered when coughing, sneezing etc. when you were in the same room?
Did you wear a facemask or shield when within 3 feet of patient?
Did you wear protective facemask is CPR was initiated
Did you have close contact in room for less than 60 minutes.

Would it be considered a non-exposure if they were with the patient for less than 60 minutes?

When you have confirmed an exposure?  What are your next steps?   Do you have the employees do a TB test now and then at a later date?

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