TB Test Question?

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by hklee hklee Member

Hello everyone,

I have a question I'm hoping someone can answer. I went to an urgent care facility to take the first shot for the first part of the two-step TB test, and I was informed to come back two days later to check the results. The nurse also mentioned that I would be taking the second shot when I returned two days later. I was browsing online, and it seems that you have to wait 1~2 weeks following the reading of the first shot to be administered the second shot. Is this true? Should I ask the nurse to wait an additional week before I am administered the second shot?

Thank you in advance!

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

We cannot give medical advice as per the Terms or Service...you need to check with your PCP ot the clinic. It is usual that the second test is 7-10 days after the initial test in the opposite arm.http://nursing.yccd.edu/Data/Sites/1/2-step-tb.pdf

Oops! Sorry I guess I meant to say if it was common practice to have the second shot administered on the day of the first reading? It just didn't seem common...perhaps I should speak to the nurse about it.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

look up the guidelines on the CDC website

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

There are two different ways of doing it - the 4-visit process and the 3-visit process. It appears that your facility does the 4-visit - injection and reading on day 2-3, then second injection around day 7 and reading 2-3 days later.

There are two different ways of doing it - the 4-visit process and the 3-visit process. It appears that your facility does the 4-visit - injection and reading on day 2-3, then second injection around day 7 and reading 2-3 days later.

Hello,

The 4-visit process would mean that the second injection would be administered around 5 days following the first reading right?

The nurse actually told me she would administer the second injection on day 3 (day 1 = first shot, day 3 = first reading = second injection), so I found this quite unusual. It seems much more common for the second shot to be administered 1 week~2weeks following the first injection. I will be speaking to her again tomorrow or the following day when I go in for my first reading, and I am thinking of asking her to administer the second shot a week later (because it seems very uncommon for the second injection to be administered only 2 days following the first injection).

I don't necessarily mind getting the second injection on day 3, but what I'm concerned about is that the place I am planning on working at will not accept this since I have to indicate the days when the injections were administered.

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC.

Follow whatever rules your work/school wants! Don't mess yourself up. Not worth the aggravation! Just make sure you know what they want.