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SHEA-CDC TB survey, Part II: Efficacy of TB infection control programs at member hospitals, 1992. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
0899-823X
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Volume
16
Issue
3
Pages
135–140
Identifiers
PMID: 7608499
Source
Medline

Abstract

Among larger hospitals or hospitals reporting > or = 6 TB patients per year, failure to comply with the 1990 CDC TB recommendations for AFB isolation room guidelines was associated with higher HCW TST conversion rates. These data suggest that complete implementation of the 1990 CDC TB guidelines would decrease HCWs' risk of nosocomial transmission of TB in larger hospitals or those reporting more TB patients. However, in nonoutbreak situations, disposable particulate respirators or submicron surgical masks may not offer significantly greater protection to HCWs than surgical masks.

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