Rosemary Cook Team leader, Primary Care Development, North Staffordshire Health Authority
This article provides a review of the current incidence and treatment of tuberculosis and the nurse’s role in the prevention and management of this condition. It relates to UKCC professional development categories: Care enhancement and Reducing risk
Aim and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to discuss the current incidence. prevention and management of tuberculosis (TB) and to review the clinical features of pulmonary TB. After reading the article, the nurse should be able to:
Describe the pathological processes of pulmonary TB
Discuss appropriate nursing measures for the prevention of cross infection
Discuss the factors affecting the incidence of TB
Describe the vaccination programme undertaken to prevent TB
Discuss the role of the nurse in relation to patients with TB.