Oncology worker goes from latent to active infection
September 13, 2016
Some 140 cancer patients at two healthcare facilities in Seattle have been advised to seek testing for tuberculosis after a healthcare worker with latent tuberculosis infection developed active disease that went undiagnosed for some time.
As part of notifying patients of a possible TB exposure to an infected employee, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, issued the following “frequently asked questions” TB information for patients. Employee health professionals may want to consider something like this should they find themselves facing a similar situation:
Amid a nationwide decline in tuberculosis cases and opposition to new rules on skin testing and respirator fit-testing, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is prepared to withdraw its proposed tuberculosis standard.
Christine Pionk, MS, RN, CS, solved an age-old employee health problem with a high-tech tool. She sends e-mail to remind employees of their annual tuberculosis screening. Pionk is one of several employee health professionals who shared success stories at the conference of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Health Care in St. Louis.