Occupational Health Clinic FAQ
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Occupational Health Clinic
1211 21st Ave. South
Suite 640 Medical Arts Building
Nashville, TN 37212
How will I be notified if my FMLA has been approved?
After your FMLA papers have been processed, Human Resources will notify your supervisor by e-mail and then your supervisor or manager will notify you. Housestaff and faculty are notified by their Program Director or Dean. Please allow 5 work days from receipt of the medical certification from your healthcare provider.
How can I check my compliance status?
You can check your compliance in the Health and Wellness Information Portal. Your supervisor can look up your status on the Record Of Compliance in Occupational Health Clinic report on MyVandy. Also, you can call the Occupational Health Clinic during business hours and select the phone menu options for "compliance questions."
When was my last TB Skin test?
You may see the date of your last TB skin test by logging in to the Health and Wellness Information Portal.
Who can read my TB Skin test?
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Occupational Health Clinic staff may read results. Also nurses who have been trained and certified by Occupational Health Clinic can read the results. You cannot read your own TB skin test.
If there is either redness or swelling at the TB skin test site at 48 hours you must come to the Occupational Health Clinic to have the test site evaluated. If more than 72 hours has passed since the test placement you will need to have a new test placed so that the reading can be confirmed by the Occupational Health Clinic staff.
Why do I need two TB skin tests as a new employee?
When a person has a negative TB skin test reaction, giving a second test two weeks later can confirm that person is truly negative. The first test serves to "boost" the immune system so it responds fully to the second test. This two-step testing identifies persons who were exposed to tuberculosis many years prior and did not receive routine testing.
I'm immune suppressed and my doctor says I should not take a TB skin test. What do I do?
Some people who are immunosuppressed cannot mount a full immune response to a skin test. For this reason the criteria for interpreting a test as positive differs depending upon the immune status of the individual. An immunosuppressed patient with induration (swelling) of just 5mm would be considered positive, and this would be very valuable information for them to know. Since the skin test is not harmful for these patients, we do not exclude immunosuppressed employees from this important surveillance program which is designed to protect them. While OHC will accept a record of a blood test for TB infection (an IGRA such as T-Spot or QuantiFERON-Gold) in lieu of skin testing, we cannot reimburse for the cost of blood testing, since skin testing is not medically contraindicated.
I'm pregnant and do not want to take a TB test. Can this be deferred while I'm pregnant?
The skin test medication, called PPD, is a pregnancy category B medication, which means that animal reproduction studies have not demonstrated a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. The CDC supports testing of pregnant healthcare workers who are in occupational TB surveillance programs, and the Vanderbilt Medical Center policy specifically states that pregnancy is not a valid reason for medical deferral from the surveillance testing program. This policy was drafted with input from the Vanderbilt Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology which fully supports this position. While OHC will accept a record of a blood test for TB infection (an IGRA such as T-Spot or QuantiFERON-Gold) in lieu of skin testing, we cannot reimburse for the cost of blood testing, since skin testing is not medically contraindicated.
I had a work injury. What do I do?
Notify your supervisor and complete a First Report of Work Injury. If you need medical care, proceed to the Occupational Health Clinic. After business hours, go to the Vanderbilt Adult Emergency Department.
I have a health problem that might be work-related. What should I do?
Risk Management determines if the condition is compensable under TN Workers' Compensation. You can be seen in Occupational Health for an initial consultation regardless of the Workers' Compensation decision.
What are the charges? Will my insurance cover it?
There are no charges for professional services at Occupational Health Clinic.
However, lab tests and/or medical supplies for non-work-related conditions will incur charges, which are the patient's responsibility. Typically, diagnostic tests ordered in Occupational Health are not covered by health insurance.
Can I walk in without an appointment?
Walk-in services are available for vaccines, labs, TB tests and urgent medical care. Walk-in services are also available for minor medical conditions at Faculty/Staff Express Care.
Do you close for lunch?
We do not close for lunch; however, depending on clinic volume, walk-ins may experience a longer wait during the lunch hour.
My patient was a source patient for a needle stick. Should I order labs?
It is extremely important to order the source labs quickly. Medication to prevent HIV is most effective if given within 2 hours of the exposure, so the source patient's HIV status must be ascertained right away.
If you have access to WIZOrder, find the source patient order set by typing in exposure or source and accepting all labs in the order set. This will ensure that the right labs are ordered and the patient will not be billed.
If you use the Vanderbilt lab but do not use Wiz, use a paper requisition, call Occupational Health for the billing number, and order the following tests:
- HVR (RAPID HIV antibody)
- HCV (hepatitis C antibody by EIA)
- HBP (hepatitis B profile)
If you will be using an external lab, contact the Occupational Health Clinic at 936-0955 for assistance. Recorded instructions for providers and exposed employees is also available by calling 875-STIK (875-7845.)
For a step by step WizOrder demonstration, click here to view "Blood and Body Fluid Exposures: Source Patient Testing.
Can you do blood work for an employee upon request?
For non-occupational testing, you can bring a completed requisition from your Vanderbilt Provider ordering the test. We can draw the blood for you and send it to the Vanderbilt lab for testing. The Vanderbilt lab does not accept lab orders from providers outside VUMC. The provider must include the ICD-9 code with the order. We do not charge you for the visit, and the lab will bill your insurance.
What vaccines are safe for me to take while breastfeeding?
Most vaccines are safe while breastfeeding. Live virus vaccines should be avoided in pregnancy but are generally OK while breastfeeding. For more information, please visit the CDC website which lists all common adult vaccines and safety information.