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How many times have you been exposed to TB this year?

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by Alex_RN Alex_RN (Member)

Alex_RN has 3 years experience and works as a RN.

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I am including when you come back to work after a few days and find your patient in "rule out TB" precautions.  Between rule out and actual, my number is: 3.

It is still February.
 

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I appreciate that the admission questions about communicable diseases is pretty far down the list. Why would I need to know if you might have TB until several minutes after I’ve been in a room with you without any PPE. Good times. 

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CelticGoddess has 6 years experience.

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Back in 2013, I worked for a facility for a year.  We had 5 or 6 cases of TB.   I was lucky, they were known to have TB before my shifts started but several of my co-workers were exposed.  All because the patients (who were coughing up blood int he ED and were high risk for TB) weren't screened adequately.  

I have not been exposed or even risked exposure since then.  

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