Titers and TB
Medical Express offers a full range of laboratory testing services including antibody titer testing. Titer tests are used as a measure of immunity to particular diseases such as Hepatitis B, Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Varicella and Tuberculosis (TB). All healthcare and ancillary staff (Housekeeping, Food Services, etc) must prove immunity to guarantee they will not transmit specific communicable diseases to patients. Titers and TB testing is required by The Joint Commission (formerly JACHO) for any employee with patient contact in a hospital, surgery center or other medical facility.
A serum titer will test the blood for immunity to disease. It’s a requirement for healthcare providers to keep serum titers of Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Tuberculosis (QuantiFERON) on file in case of an audit. Proof of vaccination or disease is not sufficient. Results of titer tests are returned within 72 hours. Once results are received it can then be determined if vaccination or re-vaccination is needed. There is a significant cost saving in the cost of a titer test compared with the cost of vaccination. Employers can eliminate unnecessary vaccination costs by opting for a titer test with Medical Express.
Types of Titer Testing available with Medical Express:
- MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Hepatitis B
- TB test – QuantiFERON to rule out tuberculosis