Effective screening tool to triage recovery rooms for possible tuberculosis patients undergoing bronchoscopy.
M Di Quinzio, GG Alvarez, K Stockton, VR Roth
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis | Published : 2012
SETTING: In 2005, tuberculin skin test conversions were observed following exposure to a patient with active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) who recovered post-bronchoscopy in an open area at The Ottawa Hospital, Canada. In response, we implemented a screening tool to triage patients to an airborne infection isolation (AII) room pre- and post-bronchoscopy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the screening tool in detecting patients with culture-confirmed TB. DESIGN: All bronchoscopies performed between 1 March 2006 and 31 March 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Of 1839 patients included (55.3% of bronchoscopies), 210 screened positive, capturing 28 culture-confirmed TB cases. T..View full abstract