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Tuberculin reactivity among health care workers in nonhospital settings.

Authors
Shah-SM; Ross-AG; Chotani-R; Arif-AA; Neudorf-C
Source
Am J Infect Control 2006 Aug; 34(6):338-342
NIOSHTIC No.
20030924
Abstract
We used workers' compensation data to identify health care workers at risk of tuberculosis exposure in the hospital and nonhospital environment. We identified State Fund workers' compensation claims having a documented tuberculin skin test (TST) conversion (size >or=10 mm) with a previous negative skin test between 1996 and 2000 in the State of Washington. Health care workers experienced an overall accepted workers' compensation claim rate of 2.3 claims/10,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) per year for tuberculin reactivity. Receptionists accounted for the largest number, with 18.4% tuberculin reactivity claims. The number of tuberculin reactivity claims was the highest for offices and clinics of doctors of medicine (3.7 per 10,000 FTEs), followed by medical laboratories (2.6 per 10,000 FTEs). This study allowed characterization of employees in various nonhospital health services locations with higher number of tuberculin reactivity.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Medical-care; Medical-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-hazards; Diseases; Skin-tests; Employees; Employee-health; Occupational-health; Disease-transmission
CODEN
AJICDC
Publication Date
20060801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
syed.shah@usask.ca
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007292
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0196-6553
Source Name
American Journal of Infection Control
State
WA; TX; MD
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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