TB Surveillance Program

To help ensure the safety of our patients, students and staff, all health care workers are required to participate in UTMB’s tuberculosis (TB) surveillance program.

TB is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes, kidneys, bones and brain. The disease is spread through the air when a person with active TB of the lungs coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings and the respiratory droplets are inhaled by others.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick; however, it can be fatal if not treated properly.

Health Care Worker Requirements

As a condition of employment, all health care workers must provide proof of presumptive immunity in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. A health care worker is defined as anyone who provides direct patient care, enters patient rooms and/or comes within six feet of patients in the course of his or her duties.

New Hires

All new health care workers must provide one of the following at the time of hire:

  • Documentation of two-step tuberculin skin test completed within the last six months
  • Documentation of an interferon-gamma release assay completed within the last six months
  • Documentation of a previously positive TB skin test and chest x-ray; an annual chest x-ray will not be required unless the individual is symptomatic

If no documentation is provided, employees will be required to complete a two-step tuberculin skin test.

Current Employees

Each year, UTMB’s health care workers must provide documentation of a TB skin test or an interferon-gamma release assay. Those who have had a positive TB test are required to complete a TB Evaluation Form. A chest x-ray will only be needed if an employee is symptomatic.

Annual TB Screening Deadline for FY17

The FY17 deadline for all health care workers to complete their annual TB screening or to provide a TB Evaluation Form is May 31, 2017. To assist with this institutional requirement, TB testing will be offered:

Location Dates Times

Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital
• Hospital Lobby

Feb. 14 and 16

7:30 a.m. – Noon

Jennie Sealy Hospital
• 4th Floor Corridor Connecting Hospital and CSW

Feb. 21 – 27

7:30 a.m. – Noon

League City Campus Hospital
• Hallway Adjacent to the Gift Shop

March 7 – 10

7:30 a.m. – Noon

Jennie Sealy Hospital
• 4th Floor Corridor Connecting Hospital and CSW

March 21 – 27

7:30 a.m. – Noon

Employee Health Clinic
• Primary Care Pavilion, Suite 125

Monday – Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M/W/F)
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (T/TH)

TB testing is also offered at select UTMB clinics and inpatient units; contact your manager or Employee Health for more information.

Please be advised that anyone who has had a TB test within the last four months does not need to be rescreened at this time.

For More Information

For questions or more information about UTMB’s TB surveillance program and health care worker requirements, please contact Employee Health at employeehealth.clinic@utmb.edu or (409) 747-9172.

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