Kimberly Willis Field

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CONTEXT Washington State has a relatively low incidence rate of tuberculosis (TB) infection. However, from May to September 1997, 3 cases of pulmonary TB were reported among medical waste treatment workers at 1 facility in Washington. There is no previous documentation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission as a result of processing medical waste. (More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine whether suture placement through the bladder during closure of the vaginal cuff at the time of transabdominal hysterectomy is associated with formation of postoperative vesicovaginal fistula. STUDY DESIGN Virgin female New Zealand White rabbits were used to perform this study. The study protocol was(More)
BACKGROUND The escalation of infectious diseases worldwide heralds an unprecedented need for nurses with advanced practice graduate preparation. OBJECTIVE To describe how a graduate program prepares clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners in infectious diseases or infection control to provide distinct yet complementary care for patients with(More)
CONTEXT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend analyzing characteristics of populations screened for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection using interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs). OBJECTIVE We characterized requests for IGRA analyses submitted to the first laboratory in Washington State that began to offer IGRAs as a tuberculosis(More)
Worldwide, at least two million people die annually from tuberculosis (TB), with projections of 36 million more global deaths between the years 2003 and 2020. To help nursing faculty strengthen TB curricula and standardize TB content in national and international undergraduate nursing programs, the Nurse Discipline Group of the National Tuberculosis(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to describe qualitative and borderline quantitative QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT; Cellestis, Valencia, CA) results among persons screened in the context of routine reasons, employment, contact investigation, high-risk foreign-born arrivals in the United States ≤ 5 years, and high-risk United States residents >5 years. METHODS(More)
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