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NIOSH Recommended Guidelines for Personal Respiratory Protection of Workers in Health-Care Facilities Potentially Exposed to Tuberculosis.
NIOSH 1992 Sep:55 pages
Guidelines recommended by NIOSH for effective and reliable personal respiratory protection for workers potentially exposed to tuberculosis in health care facilities were presented. The highest priority in any location where workers may be exposed to droplet nuclei from a tuberculosis transmitter should be to reduce the probability of exposure through the use of administrative controls, implemented in conjunction with engineering controls. Even if these techniques are implemented at a high degree of efficiency, it is not likely that the exposure of workers to droplet nuclei can be completely controlled at the infectious source. NIOSH recommends that, when confirmed or potential tuberculosis transmitters are present, personal respiratory protection be used to assure, to the extent possible, that transmission of the disease is prevented. NIOSH recommends that the Admissions Screening Plan be used to determine when a patient is suffering from tuberculosis. NIOSH recommends the use of NIOSH certified, powered, halfmask respirators equipped with high efficiency particulate filters by all potentially exposed workers in conjunction with an effective respiratory protection program.
Respiratory-system-disorders; Nurses; Physicians; Health-care-personnel; Surgeons; Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Personal-protective-equipment; Disease-vectors;
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NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, Georgia, 55 pages, 101 references
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division