I was wondering how easy it is to get TB?? I have read up on it a little bit. I had a pat. the other day who was coughing around me. I tried to turn my head away. This pat. needed a lot of care, and I was in there most of the day.
Tonight, we got word that the pat. is most likely TB postive and was moved swiftly away to the reverse isolation room. Great. :grn: Have you ever experienced this?? What are the odds I was exposed?? I was in there a lot the previous day with this pat. in a regular old room with NO TB precautions....
Aug 13, '10
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i was wondering how easy it is to get tb?? i have read up on it a little bit. i had a pat. the other day who was coughing around me. i tried to turn my head away. this pat. needed a lot of care, and i was in there most of the day.
tonight, we got word that the pat. is most likely tb postive and was moved swiftly away to the reverse isolation room. great. :grn: have you ever experienced this?? what are the odds i was exposed?? i was in there a lot the previous day with this pat. in a regular old room with no tb precautions....
hi epona, i hope this link from the cdc, center for disease control and prevention, helps. it really is not that easy for someone to get tb unless the person is immune compromised to begin with, or they have prolonged exposure in crowded poorly ventilated living conditions.
on an educational note, tb is an airborne transmitted organism and would require airborne isolation. that is the negative pressure rooms and the special n95 masks. coughing is just one of the symptoms that can occur and even with the tb skin test, a positive reaction may only mean that the person was exposed to tb at some point in their life and developed antibodies to it. most of the patients i have seen have a variant called mycobacterium avium
which is not "the bad one."
i have been exposed to tb many times prior to the days of isolation precautions and even had pluersy once while caring for a tb patient and i have never contracted it. hope the link helps answer some questions for you. the cdc site is a wonderful resource and please contact the infection control nurse at your facility in the meantime if you have any questions or will require a tb test. you will be fine i am sure.
Last edit by Scarlette Wings on Aug 13, '10
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