Tuberculosis prevention and control in long-term-care facilities for older adults

Lauri Thrupp, Suzanne Bradley, Philip Smith, Andrew Simor, Nelson Gantz, Kent Crossley, Mark Loeb, Larry Strausbaugh, Lindsay Nicolle, Sky Blue, Kent Crossley, R. Brooks Gainer, Rodolfo Quiros, Lynn Steele, Kurt Stevenson

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Abstract

In the United States, older adults comprise 22% of cases of tuberculous disease but only 12% of the population. Most cases of tuberculosis (TB) occur in community dwellers, but attack rates are highest among frail residents of long-term-care facilities. The detection and treatment of latent TB infection and TB disease can pose special challenges in older adults. Rapid recognition of possible disease, diagnosis, and implementation of airborne precautions are essential to prevent spread. It is the intent of this evidence-based guideline to assist healthcare providers in the prevention and control of TB, specifically in skilled nursing facilities for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1108
Number of pages12
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume25
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Thrupp, L., Bradley, S., Smith, P., Simor, A., Gantz, N., Crossley, K., Loeb, M., Strausbaugh, L., Nicolle, L., Blue, S., Crossley, K., Gainer, R. B., Quiros, R., Steele, L., & Stevenson, K. (2004). Tuberculosis prevention and control in long-term-care facilities for older adults. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 25(12), 1097-1108. https://doi.org/10.1086/502350