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Knowledge of the Transmission of Tuberculosis and Infection Control Measures for Tuberculosis Among Healthcare Workers

  • Kwan Kew Lai, Sally A. Fontecchio, Anita L. Kelley and Zita S. Melvin

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Two hundred seventy-five of 325 (85%) healthcare workers (HCWs) completed a questionnaire testing their knowledge of transmission of tuberculosis (TB) and infection control measures for TB. Of the 75 HCWs with no patient contact, 49 (65%) felt that masks should be worn, and 40 (53%) would use gowns. In contrast, 175 (88%) of 200 HCWs having contact with patients thought masks should be worn, and 70 (35%) would use gowns (P=.0001 and .0085, respectively). Only 87% of HCWs with patient contact felt that respiratory precautions should be instituted for TB patients. The results of our sur vey showed that HCWs should be reeducated about TB.

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Division of Infectious Disease and Immunology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave N, Worcester, MA 01655

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  • Kwan Kew Lai, Sally A. Fontecchio, Anita L. Kelley and Zita S. Melvin

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