Updated: Nov 18, 2022
Dear Home Care Agencies,
You should be aware that TB Questionnaire and Risk Assessment have been updated since last year 2021. Please be mindful that those changes are still in effect. If you haven't done so please implement in order to meet compliance.
To have additional information and know what the effective TB Requirements are, please see the table below.
INDIVIDUAL RISK ASSESSMENT
Current or planned immunosuppression**
Close contact with someone who has TB
Documentation of prior TB tests, either a tuberculin skin (TST) or an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) blood test***
*Temporary or permanent residence (for >1 month) in a country with a high TB rate (i.e., any country other than Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and those in western or northern Europe).
**Human immunodeficiency virus infection, receipt of an organ transplant, treatment with a TNF-alpha antagonist (e.g., infliximab, etanercept, or other), chronic steroids (equivalent to prednisone>15mg/day for >1 month) or other immunosuppressive medication.
***Results if available.
Determination of previous TB or LTBI and treatment
Results from prior tests if available.
Test for TB infection, either by interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) or tuberculin skin test (TST) for those without LTBI or TB disease.
Chills or Drenching night sweats for no known reason
TB Questionnaire and Risk Assessment must be completed initially (pre-employment) and annually by a qualified RN.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Emmanuel Consulting Agency.