Patient factors associated with failure to diagnose tuberculosis in the emergency department.

@article{Geyer2013PatientFA,
  title={Patient factors associated with failure to diagnose tuberculosis in the emergency department.},
  author={Brian C Geyer and Patrick O Godwin and Travis J Powell and Mar{\'i}cela P Moffitt and Frank Lovecchio},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={45 5},
  pages={658-65}
}
BACKGROUND Emergency department (ED) presentation of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) can be highly atypical and an ED visit might be the only health care interaction for high-risk patients. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to identify patient factors associated with discharge without a diagnosis of TB during an infectious ED visit. METHODS The study population consisted of 150 patients from 2000 to 2009 with 190 infectious ED visits. Patients were initially identified from the state registry of… CONTINUE READING