Pulmonary tuberculosis: diagnosis and management: … and barrier nursing is recommended in management

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1334-b (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1334
  1. C V Praveen (cvpraveen{at}doctors.org.uk), ear, nose, and throat medicine, staff grade surgeon
  1. Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough BR68ND

    EDITOR—Campbell and Bah-Sow say that barrier nursing is not necessary, except for patients with multidrug resistant tuberculosis, who should be managed in a negative pressure room vented to the outside.1 They also assert that patients should be discharged home unless clinically imperative. According to guidelines on tuberculosis from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), barrier nursing and isolation are recommended until three sputum tests are negative.2


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