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Caring for the Patient with Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) was once the leading cause of death in the United States, with up to 25% of all deaths attributable to the disease. TB is one of the principal diseases of poverty, being associated with overcrowding and malnutrition. Statistics suggest the ongoing need for vigilance and TB prevention efforts. This course has been designed to help nurses do their part in preventing the spread of TB.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the tests used to screen for and diagnose TB to improve patient outcomes
  • Differentiate the appropriate treatment of TB infection and TB disease
  • Recall strategies for preventing the spread of TB
  • Identify nursing diagnoses and the proper interventions to improve outcomes of patients with tuberculosis