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TB Notes 4, 2004

No. 4, 2004


Southeastern TB Nurse Consultantsí Meeting

On September 30, 2004, nurses representing Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and CDC convened during the Annual Southeastern TB Controllersí Meeting held at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans.  Presentation and discussion topics included state reports; safety syringes, with information on retractable technology, by Kathryn Duesman; an NTNCC update, a correctional facility needs assessment, and staffing standards activities by Ellen Murray of Florida; and the Goal Attainment Scaling Project by Judy Gibson.

All the presentations were excellent, but those on safety syringes and retractable technology stood out, since "standard precautions" are recommended in every arena of health care, including TB skin testing. Nurses are among the greatest number of users of syringes and needles in patient care, and are at risk for needlestick injuries from the "old-fashioned" syringes and needles with which many nurses are familiar. The presentation and demonstration provided by Kathryn Duesman of Retractable Technology, Inc., reinforced the need for TB nurses to have access to a safety syringe that is practical and easy to use, and that also provides the precision required when administering a skin test.  Thus, the information about the new safety devices, how they work, and why they are necessary to the health and safety of nurses and other health care workers was of extreme interest to the group.

It had been several years since this group of nurses joined forces. All participants agreed that being familiar with their counterparts is beneficial not only to facilitating county and state TB program operations, but more importantly to improving the quality of patient services and care as public health nursing is challenged to maintain expertise during the 21st century.  We look forward to the meeting next year in Kentucky, and challenge our TB controllers to have travel funds available.

óReported by Roma Oliveri, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant, Louisiana TB Control Program

Nurses attending the meeting, by state:

Image of Nurses attending the meeting, categorized by State.

Front row, from left: David DeBiasi-VA-ALA, Donna Perkins-KY, Ellen  Murray - FL, Judy Gibson-CDC, JoAnn Arnold-FL, Julie Luffman-NC

Back row, from left: Jane Moore-VA, Elizabeth Zeringue-NC, Debra Ray-SC, Myra Allen-NC, Roma Oliveri-LA


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