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TB testing 2020, good riddance?

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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WOOHOO!!!

I actually haven't been tested in three years. I guess the district doesn't want the news. One of my favorite bosses in TB world used to say "A decision to test is a decision to treat." And we ended up treating a lot of folks who got their TB (if it was a real positive and not a BCG reaction thing) not in the healthcare environs.

Although if I was changing jobs I'd want me a baseline just in case....

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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the only time I needed one was for nursing school. I think the one I had for nursing school was good enough for employment. havent had one in 7 years

 

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Haven't had them in years. Only units with high risk of coming into contact or those with exposure to a patient later confirmed positive get tested where I work.

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I had heard about the CDCs new guidelines and sent it to our infection control dept (although I probably should have sent it to the employee health dept) at our hospital. We still have to do it every year. My husband works as a customer service rep at a DME (so he works in the office all day) and they make them get a tb skin test yearly also. Seems ridiculous to me.

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we test every 6 months...

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sistrmoon specializes in Oncology.

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We usually test annually but this year I was told there was a shortage of the tuberculin, so those not working in high risk areas were deferred. Very interesting that it’s not recommended anymore. 

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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I haven't been screened in close to ten years.

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29 minutes ago, MunoRN said:

I haven't been screened in close to ten years.

Just curious- what is your work setting? (Hospital, home health, etc)

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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1 hour ago, old&improved said:

Just curious- what is your work setting? (Hospital, home health, etc)

Hospital, mainly critical care and ED during that time.

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SummitRN has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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On 11/8/2019 at 6:52 PM, harvestmoon said:

we test every 6 months...

Do you have an extraordinarily high exposure? 

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Definitely more than the other clinics but I still think it is overkill...

we get a choice between TB Gold and subcu+48hr and I do TBGold every time.

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