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Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis, 2000

Chapter 10
Community TB Control

Laboratory and Diagnostic Services

Both outpatient and inpatient facilities that offer services for TB patients should have ready access to laboratory and diagnostic services. Access to radiological services includes radiography equipment, trained radiography technicians, and radiograph interpretation by a qualified person. Radiograph findings and reports should be available within 24 hours.

Laboratory services should be readily accessible to provide results of acid-fast bacilli smear examinations within 24 hours of specimen collection. TB prevention and control programs should work closely with laboratories to ensure the rapid delivery of specimens to the laboratory and prompt reporting of acid-fast bacilli smear results, culture results, and results of drug susceptibility tests to the clinician and health department. Laboratory services should also be available to provide monitoring of bacteriologic response to therapy.


Released October 2008
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