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Essential Actions for Effective TB Infection Control: Safety Without Stigma

Source: World Health Organisation
Publication Date: January 1, 2008

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Ten essential actions for implementing infection control interventions drafted by the Tuberculosis (TB) Infection Control Subgroup of the Global TB/HIV Working Group in collaboration with the HIV/AIDS and Stop TB Departments at the World Health Organisation. The actions described are: include patients and community in advocacy campaigns, develop an infection control plan, ensure safe sputum collection, promote cough etiquette and cough hygiene, triage patients suspected of having TB infection for “fast track” or separation, assure rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment, improve room air ventilation, protect healthcare workers, build capacity by incorporating training on TB infection control practices into broader infection control trainings at hospitals and facilities, and monitor infection control practices.

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Keywords: Tuberculosis - Resource-Limited Settings, Tuberculosis - Transmission and Prevention