Preventing Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health Care Settings

Chitra D. Punjabi, Sarah R. Perloff, Jerry M. Zuckerman

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Abstract

Patients with tuberculosis (TB) pose a risk to other patients and health care workers, and outbreaks in health care settings occur when appropriate infection control measures are not used. In this article, we discuss strategies to prevent transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within health care settings. All health care facilities should have an operational TB infection control plan that emphasizes the use of a hierarchy of controls (administrative, environmental, and personal respiratory protection). We also discuss resources available to clinicians who work in the prevention and investigation of nosocomial transmission of M tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1022
Number of pages10
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Health care setting
  • Infection control
  • M tuberculosis
  • Nosocomial spread
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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