Surveillance Testing

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Our Approach to Surveillance Tuberculosis Testing

OccMedCIC is able to perform venipuncture for Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) tuberculosis blood tests. We partner with Oxford Laboratories to complete T-Spot tuberculosis blood testing. The IGRA blood test requires one appointment and the lab results are available between 2 and 5 days from the date of blood collection.

OccMedCIC can place and interpret tuberculosis skin tests. Tuberculosis skin tests require two appointments and can be read between 48-72 hours after the test was planted.

Positive Tuberculosis Skin Test Results

Positive tuberculosis skin tests and IGRA tests must be followed by a chest x-ray that evaluates the lungs for active tuberculosis infection. Patients who do not appear to have active, contagious tuberculosis may still be infected with tuberculosis mycobacteria. Given the absence of symptoms, the infection may be inactive, or dormant. Nevertheless, public health professionals recommend that this Class B Latent Tuberculosis be treated with antibacterial medication.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health will be notified of positive IGRA results.

Symptoms of Tuberculosis

  • Persistent cough (over three weeks)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Ongoing fever or chills
  • Night sweats
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

Pulmonary Function Testing

OccMedCIC has three medical assistants who are NIOSH* certified to conduct pulmonary function testing.

*National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

 

Vision Testing 

OccMedCIC can test vision in multiple ways, with and without corrective lenses. We use eye charts to assess near and far vision.

OPTEC 500 Vision Tester

The OPTEC machine tests eye strength in near and distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Ishihara

The Ishihara test identifies color vision and color deficiencies.

 

Surveillance Audiometry

OccMedCIC can provide your company with complete audiometry surveillance including baseline and annual testing. Our audio booth blocks surrounding city sounds and permits accurate, OSHA certified audio testing for occupational health purposes.