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International Council of Nurses publishes new TB Guidelines for Nurses by Idowu Olabode : August 11, 2016, 06:39:20 PM
The International Council of  Nurses (ICN) is delighted to announce the publication of updated guidelines for nurses working in the Care and Control of Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis.These guidelines are intended to help nurses in their important role of detecting Tuberculosis (TB) cases, providing care and managing TB treatment. It sets out a nursing approach to planning and delivering patient care, aimed at improving access and quality of care throughout the treatment period.

“Nurses are crucial in the prevention, detection and treatment of TB and MDR-TB”, stated Dr Frances Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses. “They are the first, and often the only, health care professional to see a person with TB. These new TB Guidelines are an important resource for nurses on the ground and will be used in ICN’s TB/MDR-TB Project to train experienced nurses to cascade information to nursing colleagues and other health workers with the purpose of making improvements to patient care delivery. They will provide a complete understanding of TB and MDR-TB and strengthen nursing competence in tackling this growing epidemic.”

TB has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world. Nearly one and a half million  people die every year from a disease that is curable and preventable in most cases, even in very resource poor settings. Everywhere in the world, nurses encounter patients with TB, those who have symptoms and those presumed to have the disease.

Roughly three million nurses work or are registered in the 22 countries where 80% of TB cases are found. In most of these countries nurses are the primary health care provider, and often the only source of care, though they often work in deficient systems, with poor access to adequate training, supplies and resources.

These guidelines offer a review of TB and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB and provide an overview of organisational issues that can have an important impact on TB control programmes.

This publication is a continuation in a series of ICN products on TB and is intended to be a comprehensive guide for the busy nurse. Other ICN publications on TB address practice development with regard to TB care, TB-related stigma, infection prevention and control, and occupational issues.

This publication is supported in part by a grant from United Way Worldwide made possible by the Lilly Foundation on behalf of the Lilly MDR 29

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