A Day in the Life of Denis Francis, Clinical Nurse Specialist

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day

Denis FrancisDenis Francis is a clinical nurse with Ambulatory Services at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Montreal Chest Institute (MCI).. For the last 15 years, he has worked in the Tuberculosis Outpatient Clinic, where he follows patients throughout their treatment.

Tuberculosis is an infectious mycobacterial disease which is, in its active phase, transmitted in droplets when a patient coughs and sneezes. After the first contact with the microbe, the disease can develop rapidly or remain latent for several years before activating. Latent tuberculosis is not contagious, but patients should undergo preventive treatments, which can reduce the risk of activation by approximately 90 per cent.


 

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