"A unique type of poster placed in exam rooms helped reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory infections during flu season. The approach could help reduce costs and extend the usefulness of these drugs.
The health-care provider should instruct patients to report to the health-care provider adverse events such as vesiculation, ulceration or necrosis which may appear at the test site in highly sensitive patients. The health-care provider should also inform the patient that pain, pruritus and discomfort at the site may also occur.
The health-care provider should inform the patient of the need to return for the reading of the test. Self reading of the test has been shown to be unreliable.24 The health-care provider should inform the patient of the need to maintain a personal immunization record.
24. APIC Guidelines Committee. APIC position paper: responsibility for interpretation of the PPD tuberculin skin test. Am J Infect Control 1999;27:56-58.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/30/2009
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