Protecting Health Care Workers From Tuberculosis, 2013

To reduce this risk, health care facilities need to implement multiple steps. These steps should include offering updated periodic training of HCWs to maintain awareness about potential TB risks; optimizing the design, ventilation, and patient flow in clinical spaces; providing baseline, periodic, and postexposure TB testing of HCWs; using appropriate and effective respiratory protection; implementing active infection control procedures; and periodically updating the facilities-written TB control plans.2,3 Evolving diagnostic methodologies and treatment options highlight the need for occupational and environmental medicine physicians to stay current to provide quality medical care to HCWs.
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