Frequently Asked Questions
On this page, Heartland staff answers questions of tuberculosis, consultation, and HNTC training.
- What is the cost of attending a Heartland Training?
- Our courses are free to attend, but you are responsible for covering any and all travel costs.
- No, unfortunately we do not offer scholarships to attend trainings.
- Email or call the lead educator for the course to notify them that you are no longer able to attend.
- No, the Introduction to TB Nurse Case Management Online course is an introduction into the in person Nurse Case Management course. Nurses who are interested in attending the TB Intensive course must first attend the in person Nurse Case Management course to be eligible to attend TB Intensive.
- What is the standard regimen for TBI treatment?
- Daily dose of INH for 9 months (270 doses)
- Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen with Direct Observation Therapy (12 weekly doses)
- To prevent individuals infected with Mtb from developing TB disease.
- Contacts of patients with active TB disease, persons with HIV, recent immigrants, persons using illicit drugs, residents or employees of high risk congregated settings and patients considering treatment with TNF- α antagonist
- No signs or symptoms suggestive of TB disease, TST or IGRA result positive, normal Chest X-ray and non-infectious.
- Strategy to ONLY screen individuals at increased risk for developing TB disease
- Directly Observe Therapy: A strategy to help patients adhere to treatment; a designated person watches the TB patient swallow each dose of the prescribed drug.
- Any person who has had prolonged, frequent or intense contact with a person with TB while he or she was infectious.
- They are blood tests for detecting M. tuberculosis infection ,sensitized white blood cells will release IFN-gamma in response to contact with TB antigens. Two IGRAs that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are commercially available in the U.S:
- QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT);
- T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot)
For more information visit the CDC web page http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/tb.htm