Basic knowledge of disease transmission and the proper use of infection control procedures are needed when caring for a patient with tuberculosis. The important points for the direct care staff to remember are that tuberculosis is transmitted by the respiratory route, there is no risk if developing tuberculosis if proper infection control techniques correctly and consistently, and caring for a patient who has tuberculosis requires the practice of standard precautions, use of an N95 respirator correctly and consistently, and understanding and observing respiratory isolation techniques.
After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:
- Identify the different forms of tuberculosis.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis and how is diagnosed.
- Describe infection control procedures that are used for patients who have tuberculosis.
- Describe a CNA’s responsibilities of patient care when a patient has tuberculosis.
- Tuberculosis: Definition and Statistics
- Transmission of Tuberculosis
- Exposure to Tuberculosis
- Risk Factors for Developing Tuberculosis
- Tuberculosis Signs and Symptoms
- Diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis
- Multi-drug and Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
- Prevention of Tuberculosis
- Treatment of Tuberculosis
- Infection Control and Patient Care
- Standard Precautions