I work in a 6 bed ICU/CCU. NONE of these 6 beds are negative airflow rooms. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't it an OSHA regulation that if you've got a pt with TB or rule out TB or Chickenpox, etc that these pt's be placed in neg airflow rooms? Mind you, where I work is not accredited by JCAHO but by the AOA. I thought OSHA was a Federal Program and thier regs must be followed no matter who you are accredited by.
Sep 23, '06
Not necessary is seems, Go to OSHA and search "negative pressure rooms" and read the letter that explains the intrepretations.
Nov 20, '06
You do not have to have a negative pressure room in ICU- just availability to one somewhere in house. Our CCU doesn't as well. Our third floor does.
Dec 1, '06
And wouldn't you know, we got an admit for R/O TB(pt tested neg). Was in our ICU for two days and then moved up to the med-surg floor where the neg air-flow rm is.
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