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P222 Practices regarding isolation for non-MDR pulmonary tuberculosis: a TB-NET survey of specialists from 44 countries

C. Barrelet; M. Dominicé Dao; P. Hudelson; J.-P. Janssens
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1Department of Medical Specialities

2Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland


Copyright 2017, American College of Chest Physicians and Swiss Respiratory Society SGP. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(5_S):A121. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.04.128
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Introduction: The few studies addressing the issue of contagiousness of tuberculosis (TB) after treatment has been started suggest that transmission occurs mainly, if not exclusively, before treatment is initiated. Despite this observation, isolation is a common procedure for patients hospitalized for pulmonary smear positive (S+) TB, or even S- TB. Practices vary from country to country, or even within a given country, showing the lack of consensus and evidence on this topic. Isolation is a difficult experience for patients, many of whom, in Switzerland, are recent immigrants. This study aimed to document isolation practices among mostly European countries using a survey procedure implemented by the TB-NET network of TB experts (clinicians and scientists)(http://www.tb-net.org/).

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