Why does this matter?
There is an increased need for institutions to identify all healthcare personnel who fall into “a high-risk category” which poses a potential challenge to human resource and occupational health leaders:1
- Temporary or permanent residence of > 1 month in a country with a high TB rate
- Current or planned immunosuppression
- Close contact with someone who has had infectious active TB disease since their last TB test
With the recommendation to treat healthcare personnel with positive LTBI test results, these guidelines increase the importance of an accurate result with low-risk of false positive results.