Update to the Annual Tuberculosis Test Requirements
Published July 21, 2014
Each year, the requirements for annual TB testing are evaluated by the Infection Control Committee. Evaluations have shown the number of active TB cases seen at Providence Regional Medical Center has decreased over the last several years and for that reason, it has been decided that more departments will no longer require annual TB testing.
While all caregivers will still be required to complete the Annual TB Questionnaire and the Respiratory Questionnaire, only a select number of departments will remain on the testing schedule. Caregivers who are assigned to the following departments will be required to be tested for TB annually: Operating Room, Infectious Disease, All Thoracic Surgeons, Microbiology, Pathology, Respiratory Therapy, and Students.
Caregivers with a history of positive TB or Negative Quantiferon Lab test will be required to continue receiving annual TB testing. Also, post active TB exposures and new hire TB requirements have not changed.
All other caregivers, who are not affected by the information above, are no longer required to complete the annual TB testing effective August 1, 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please call the Employee Health Department during regular business hours at 425-261-4486.