TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice
Mark Russi, MD, MPH, FACOEM*, Yale - New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Kenneth G. Castro, MD, US Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA William S. Scott, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM*, OSF Occupational Health Network, Peoria, IL Michael Tapper, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY The session will address two infectious disease topics of current concern among occupational medicine physicians who care for healthcare workers. Colonization of healthcare workers with drug resistant organisms, applicable U.S. and international guidance, and the potential for transmission to and from patients will be discussed. Use of Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRA) for tuberculosis surveillance, as well as protection of healthcare workers in XDR TB-endemic regions will also be covered. In addition, the session will cover practical implications and first-hand experience with an IGRA screening program. Attendees can expect to gain an understanding of the scientific basis for current guidance around colonized healthcare workers, and whether current guidance is likely to change in the future. They will also understand the scientific basis for current guidance around IGRA use, and appreciate the challenges experienced first-hand in an IGRA screening program. This session is sponsored by the Medical Center Occupational Health Special Interest Section.