Tuberculosis Surveillance

UCSF requires baseline and annual tuberculosis skin testing (TST) for all occupational groups that meet the definitions of Risk Category I and II defined in the UCSF Communicable Disease Surveillance and Vaccination Policy and have contact with patients or human subjects through their work or research in the UCSF Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic practices. Newly hired Medical Center employees must complete the TB screening process prior to their start of employment date. All eligible personnel must participate annually.

Personnel who have tested positive in the past are required to have one baseline chest x-ray and thereafter complete an annual symptom review by dropping by one of our drop-in clinic locations during business hours. Chest x-rays will not be performed annually, but only if indicated based on the clinical presentation. At any time, if any employee has symptoms of TB (persistent cough, low grade fevers, unexplained weight loss, night sweats) further evaluation must be done. Please refer to Occupational Health Services.

UCSF Occupational Health Services also provides pre-placement TB skin testing for new UCSF employees located at ZSFG.