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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0751-2408, Providence Ambulatory Health Care Foundation, Inc., Fox Point Health Care Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 93-0751-2408, 1994 Mar; :1-16
In response to a request from the Providence Ambulatory Health Care Foundation, an evaluation of the ventilation system at the Fox Point Health Care Center (SIC-8011), Providence, Rhode island was conducted. The clinic served a population considered to have a high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB). The Fox Point Center was located in a building with a Boys and Girls Club of America and a public library. Visual inspection of the ventilation system indicated that the fan coil units were rusty and dirty, and there were no filters to remove particulates. There were times when there was no airflow in the building provided by the ventilation systems. No ventilation system was noted in the laboratory. All new patients were screened for TB using a tuberculin skin test on their first visit. There was no TB testing program for workers. The author concludes that deficiencies in the ventilation systems of this facility could potentially increase the risk of TB transmission if TB patients are present. The author recommends that improvements be made in the ventilation system, and the TB control program.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0751-2408; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1; Infectious-diseases; Ventilation-systems; Infection-control; Health-care-personnel; Bacterial-infections; Author Keywords: Offices and Clinics of Doctors of Medicine; tuberculosis; TB; ventilation
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