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by runner19 runner19 (Member) Member

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sooo, i just got back from the doctor and had to get a TB test in order to becom a CNA. They injected something with a shot, and was wondering what was going to happen when i go back. do they take out whatever they put into my arm ??? just curious, and thanks in advanced !!!

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You go back in 2 days and they basically check for a reaction. If the area looks unaffected then you are fine, but if there's a raised, pimple like thing then it's a positive test.

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Well when I had my TB test done it came out positive and when it due that you have to have mandatory chest X-ray. If it comes out clean you are good to go if not I think you have to take some kind of pills for twelve months...

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Daytonite has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

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one of the things we nurses have to go through every six months or yearly (depending on the rules where you work) is getting a tb skin test. and, as a nurse, you'll be learning to administer this test to others as well. this test is a cheap screening test to determine if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis. a positive test indicates that you have been exposed to tb, not necessarily that you have the disease. if your test is positive you wiwll need to have a follow up chest x-ray to confirm that you do not have active tb. it comes out of the early history of the country when tb was a killer disease and a lot of people died from it.

http://www.labtestsonline.org/unders...skin/test.html - about the tb skin test. includes information on what is done if the test is positive.

http://www.medicinenet.com/tuberculo...st/article.htm - tuberculosis skin test (ppd skin test) on medicine net

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003839.htm - definition of the tb skin test

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...pages/9773.htm - a picture of how the test is given

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...pages/9991.htm - what a positive skin test looks like

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WDWpixieRN is a RN and specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

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PPD's should be part of annual physicals every few years...you've never had one?

At 51 y/o, I can attest that I have NEVER had a TB test as an adult until I started NS last fall. Interesting that you say they should be a part of annual physicals every few years...maybe after this recent TB traveler scare, more MDs will consider that....

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