MDH clarifies need for prescriptions and proper storage of tuberculin
By Doug Beardsley
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has created new tools related to tuberculin skin testing:
You can find the fact sheet and template protocol at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/tb/tst.html.
These MDH tools create significant changes to the TST protocols currently in use by many nursing homes and home health providers:
This clarification may require some home health care agencies to modify how they purchase, store, and administer TSTs for new employees.
All providers should verify that their nurses have a legal prescription to administer a TST. This can be done with a patient-specific order or a condition-specific protocol signed by a licensed prescriber. Nurses administering TSTs without signed protocols (signed by an authorized prescriber) or prescriber’s orders are working outside of their legal scope of practice.
All providers should review how they store tuberculin, as the MDH document is very specific in terms of proper storage:
Questions about these documents can be directed to Beth Kingdon at 651-201-5529.
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