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Information Related To Tuberculosis And Coping Strategies

January 23, 2011 by  
Filed under CNA Training

Ask your CNA know that a third of the world population is infected with TB? Although TB rates have declined in the United States, TB remains a serious problem. By sharing information and tips for your next meeting on the job CNA, you arm your mates with the knowledge they need to continue the fight against tuberculosis.

One hundred years ago TB was the leading cause of death in the United States. But who cares? It was a hundred years ago! We have come a long way in the fight against tuberculosis for, right? Well, yes … and no.

Yes, we have evidence to say if people have tuberculosis, and we have drugs to treat the disease. And we have learned to protect healthcare workers being infected and how to keep other patients in the hospital safe from TB patients.

However, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis not give up! However, about 14,000 new cases of tuberculosis are reported each year in the United States. The TB bacteria have learned to outsmart our best medicines. And they like to attack people with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS.

These tiny bacteria causes a serious disease that usually attacks the lungs and damage, but can also affect other body parts like the kidney, spine and brain.

A third of the world population (about 2 billion people) are infected with TB bacteria. And one in ten of these people suffer from active tuberculosis.

So it has never been more important to perform appropriate control measures against infection against tuberculosis. In fact, our government has “declared war” against tuberculosis. The goal is to get rid of the bacteria of tuberculosis in the United States in the year 2010! Achieving this goal will require your help, keep reading to find out how you can be part of the solution!

EXHIBITION: People are exposed to tuberculosis when they share the same air as someone who has infectious TB.

TB skin test: is infected with TB skin test, which is injected a small amount of testing fluid just under the skin at the bottom. Two or three days, the nursing staff to review a positive reaction at the injection site. You may hear this test called the test “Mantoux” test or “PPD”.

Latent TB infection: People with latent TB infection have no symptoms, is not bad, can not spread TB to others, and is generally a positive skin test reaction. But they may develop TB disease later in life if you do not receive treatment for latent tuberculosis infection.

TB DISEASE: People who show signs of disease germs of tuberculosis, say TB disease. You have active tuberculosis or contagious and can transmit it to others. People with TB disease shows signs of tuberculosis, when the doctors to check their chest radiographs and watch their saliva under a microscope.

Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) – TB disease caused by bacteria resistant to multiple drugs, often used to treat tuberculosis.

QUARANTINE: Keep people who have active tuberculosis quarantine means that they do stay in a hospital or at home until they are no longer contagious.

Directly Observed Treatment (DOT): Because many people do not take their anti-TB has been successfully developed directly Observed Therapy. This is the name for the treatment of tuberculosis, where health professionals or others who see people taking their anti-TB drugs.

Signs and symptoms of tuberculosis: A productive cough lasting more than two weeks, chest pain, coughing up blood, fever and chills;loss of appetite, sweating at weight loss, constant fatigue.

Tuberculosis spread ways:

The bacteria that cause TB are spread in the air.
TB can spread from person to person by coughing, laughing, sneezing, singing or even speaking.
Tuberculosis is usually spread between family members, close friends, and people who spend time together in confined for long periods, such as prisons and homeless shelters.

Tip Five ways to help stop TB!

1. Know the symptoms of tuberculosis.

Remember that the symptoms of active tuberculosis are resistant cough, chest pain, fever, chills, night sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss.Keep an eye on the customers of these symptoms, especially if they are over 65 years, HIV +, other chronic diseases such as diabetes or renal impairment, or has been exposed to TB someone else.

2. Tell your supervisor if customers show some signs of tuberculosis.

It is not your supervisor or to diagnose tuberculosis. But you have to report changes in client, which can mean that TB. And as soon as possible! Leadership to ensure the customer receives the evidence and that all those working to protect the customer a possible infection.

3. Help your customers with the practice of control of tuberculosis INFECTION good.

Ask your customers to cover the mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue trash.Air their rooms, if possible (unless you are particularly isolated room). TB spreads in small closed spaces where air can not circulate. Open the window if it is not too cold. Consider a fan blowing air from the room window.Remind your client how important it is that they take their anti-TB drugs. Do not let them forget, especially when they begin to improve.


Every time I work with clients who have or may have active TB, you must use a personal respirator. Remember that a paper mask will not do any good. (TB bacteria are small enough to pass through the mask of tissue paper.) Make sure you are equipped with the right size for your mask, and that you have before you write in your region. Use all the time when the customer and take-off until you leave!

5. Tell a tuberculosis skin test and / or chest X-ray program.

Do not overlook these important tests. If you do not know when you’re on the other test for tuberculosis, ask your supervisor. Then make sure you get it in any case, waiting for someone to remember calendar. Be tested in time could make a difference to you, your customers, colleagues and family.

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