Home care staff frequently become anxious when a patient with active infectious tuberculosis is referred for home care. Using a home care patient case study, this article reviews tuberculosis epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment, and infection control. It also discusses home health staff’s role in case finding because home care patients with chronic disease and immunosuppression conditions are at risk for active tuberculosis disease.
Susan Fay, MSN, RN, is Tuberculosis Program Coordinator, Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax, Virginia.
Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, APRN, BC, CTN, is Home Health Nursing Clinical Specialist, Transcultural Nursing Specialist, Vienna, Virginia.
Address for correspondence: Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, APRN, BC, CTN, 10340 Brittenford Drive, Vienna, VA 22182 (Mary.Narayan@cox.net).
The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.