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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0232-2767, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.

Authors
Miller-A; Tepper-A; Sieber-K; Decker-J
Source
NIOSH 1999 Nov; :1-52
NIOSHTIC No.
20000553
Abstract
On April 16, 1992, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) at Grady Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Atlanta, Georgia. The request concerned the risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to hospital workers. Additionally, the hospital requested NIOSH assistance in evaluating aerosol control and containment efforts (i.e., fan systems in patient rooms, new isolation rooms) to reduce the potential for nosocomial MTB infection. In response to these requests, NIOSH investigators conducted numerous site visits to GMH throughout the fall and winter of 1992, and spring of 1993. Information from the evaluation of the hospital environment is described in letters sent to hospital management and union representatives. These letters are included as Appendices to this report. The remainder of this report focuses on the epidemiologic study of the risk of MTB transmission (as defined by tuberculin skin test (TST) conversions) among hospital workers with 'patient contact' compared to workers with 'no patient contact'. This information was described in a letter that was sent to the hospital and union in February 1998.
Keywords
Infectious-diseases; Risk-factors; Respiratory-infections; Ventilation-systems; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4
Publication Date
19991101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-105988
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0232-2767
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; GA
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