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Tested positive PPD exposure, employer did nothing


In January of this year, (live and work in Florida) I got my usual yearly PPD screening. Came up positive for the first time. Employer told me I didn't need an xray or even offer one. I didn't sign a waiver or anything at all for that matter. I have since left my job...so not more health insurance at this time. Starting having an array of symptoms that made me go to the ER to request a chest xray (it was negative). Showed doc my positive results. He contacted CDC. CDC said they never were notified by the hospital I worked for that I had been exposed. I now have to report to CDC for an official second PPD. Does anyone if this is a faux paux on my employers part? And yes, I am now stuck with the ER bill. Appreciate input. Thanks!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

As far as the employer's responsibility, I don't have a clue. But I do know that when I 'converted' to positive (> 20years ago), the hospital at which I was employed ordered a full follow up & prophylaxis according to CDC recommendations. Since then, I have opted for annual CXR - which has been provided by every employer since then ... for employees who have a hx of pos PPD. It seems strange that they did not follow up.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

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

I am sorry you are going through this but you need top seek the advice of your PCP. If your TB test was positive then your employer should have followed up. Check out the CDC website....CDC | TB | Testing & Diagnosis

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