Bronchoscopy: Risk of TB transmission estimated by novel measurement of airborne viable particles

Bronchoscopy is a cough-generating procedure and has been associated with episodes of TB transmission. I recently conducted a study using a real-time detector to measure numbers of aerosolized viable particles, during and after several bronchoscopies. The study has implications for TB infection control in bronchoscopy suites. Prudent practice would suggest the use of N95 particulate respirators and upper room germicidal ultraviolet fixtures, especially in high-TB burden settings.

Today, I received notice that our study, entitled Bronchoscopy: Risk of TB transmission estimated by novel measurement of airborne viable particles, was accepted for an oral presentation at the 8th South African AIDS Conference.

The conference will be held in Durban, South Africa, from June 13th-15th, 2017. My presentation will be part of a session called Fanning the Flames: HIV & TB Co-Interaction.

 

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2 thoughts on “Bronchoscopy: Risk of TB transmission estimated by novel measurement of airborne viable particles

  1. Thanks Philip for this announcement. Hope to read the abstract or report some day.
    I have couple questions:
    – is this technology able to do identification of M.tuberculosis?
    – can it differentiate viable and dead pathogens?
    If yes it could be very unique risk assessment tool, as well as diagnostic method.

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