After careful consideration of the health risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AOHP  2020 National Conference will instead be held as a virtual event. We very much look forward to convening our diverse community of employee/occupational health professionals to learn, share, and connect in a new format best suited for today’s unprecedented times. AOHP’s upcoming virtual conference is scheduled for December 3, 2020

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Thursday, December 3 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
2020-005 TB In 2020: What’s New, What’s Hot and What’s Not

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Topic Overview:
Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel: Recommendations from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC (MMWR May 17, 2019) is still new, and the nation is undergoing a shift in its approach to tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment of healthcare personnel (HCP). These recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) empower practitioners, in most cases, to eliminate annual TB testing while maintaining pre-placement and post-exposure testing, as well as to advocate for treatment of those with latent TB infection. Dr. Wendy Thanassi, a co-author of the guidance, will compare the 2005 and 2019 CDC guidelines to explain the current recommendations and provide implementation tools. She will share examples of successes and failures, along with resources occupational health providers can turn to and an update of state-based processes. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A session to address specific concerns from attendees.
  • Explain current CDC recommendations for TB testing of healthcare personnel.
  • Identify documents that control the guidelines for TB testing and treatment.
  • Provide adequate time for questions so direct concerns can be answered.

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Wendy Thanassi MA, MD

Dr. Wendy Thanassi attended college at Yale, where she double-majored in Biology and African Studies. She attended medical school at Stanford and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine back at Yale. Like a yo-yo, she returned to Stanford as an attending physician in the... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST