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Aurora QuickCare offers tuberculosis testing

Friday, September 18, 2009

TB test required for student teachers, prospective nursing home residents

Milwaukee, Wis. - One of Aurora QuickCare’s services, TB testing, surprises a lot of customers.

“A lot of people are surprised we have it, but tuberculosis tests are required for many reasons,” said Janet Teske, advanced practice nurse practitioner and Aurora QuickCare manager. “Student teachers, health care workers and patients who are waiting to be placed in nursing homes all are required have a TB test.”

The test involves a small injection of serum under the skin. Patients must return 48 to 72 hours later to have the test read. “If the test is read as a positive, it doesn't always mean a person has TB, but that a chest X-ray is warranted for further evaluation," Teske said.

The tests are $21 when paid for at time of service. “Not only is it convenient for people who need a test quickly, but it’s quite a bargain,” Teske said.

QuickCare sites are staffed by health care providers who offer a wide range of services, including diagnosing illness and prescribing medications. As a part of Aurora Health Care, they are supported by Aurora’s extensive network of physicians and facilities.

Aurora QuickCare providers can assess patients, write prescriptions, advise individuals on how to manage symptoms, or tell them if they will need additional care.

Aurora QuickCare offers tests to quickly diagnose common minor ailments, and most services range from $49 to $69. QuickCare accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare.

Ailments treated and services provided at Aurora QuickCare include:

  • Severe sore throat
  • Ear infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Pink eye
  • Mononucleosis
  • Minor rashes
  • Ringworm
  • Female bladder infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Swimmer's ear
  • Poison ivy
  • Insect sting
  • Diabetes screening
  • Motion sickness
  • Flu shots
  • TB testing

Aurora QuickCare clinics can be found throughout eastern Wisconsin. For more information on Aurora QuickCare, including the location nearest you, visit www.Aurora.org/QuickCare or call 1-877-QUICK02.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Sue Pierman
Phone: 414-647-6432

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