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NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCREENING HEALTHCARE WORKERS FOR TB

All healthcare facilities should have policies and procedures in place to address TB screening for their employees based on current Wyoming Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

New guidelines to be distributed in 2016 (CLICK HERE) advise that each facility perform an individualized facility risk assessment and screen healthcare workers based on the risk of encountering TB in their work environment.

The WDH TB Facility Risk Assessment can be used to classify facilities into low, medium, or potential on-going risk. Low risk facilities have the option to eliminate yearly TST screening for their healthcare workers.

WDH Facility Risk Assessment Form 

Even more in-depth guidance can be found in the CDC's "Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005." Click HERE

Facilities that order TB skin testing supplies through the state program will be required to submit a copy of their facility risk assessment to the TB program by the end of 2016 to continue participating in that program.

If you have further questions about facility risk assessments, please contact Samantha Birch at samantha.birch@wyo.gov or at 307-777-6563.