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Return to work guidance

  1. 1. UCSF Occupational Health Services 1600 Divisadero Street, Box 1661, San Francisco, CA 94116 WORKING / TRAINING ABROAD – RETURNING TO UCSFINFORMATION REGARDING RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER WORKING / TRAINING ABROADIntroductionIndividuals from UCSF may travel abroad for training, working in research, teaching or performing otherservice work. Your travel may bring you into contact with infectious disease while traveling on behalf ofUCSF or during your personal trip. Prior to return to UCSF, please complete the accompanyingWorking-Training Abroad – Returning to UCSF Clearance form in order to record any infectiousdiseases, injuries, and the date of your follow-up TB Screening. It is the role of UCSF OHS to screen forcommunicable disease, to follow up on blood borne pathogen exposures, and to assess any work-relatedtraumatic injury.Review of SymptomsAn individual can contract an infectious disease(s) during travel abroad. There is a danger that suchdiseases can be transmitted to UCSF patients, clients, students, co-workers, and contract staff. Thesymptoms of concern for working in health care are the following: fever over 100.4F or 38C, rash oropen sores on the face, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea and general aches and pains.Hopefully, you did not have any symptoms during your travels or following your return. If you did havesymptoms, you may need to seek treatment from your personal care physician. When the symptomsresolve, you should be able to return to the campus / medical center for work. Monitor your symptomsusing the Infectious Disease Symptom Self-Monitoring form. See UCSF Stay at Home / Return to Workguidelines for influenza like illnesses.Review of Direct ContactWorking and training abroad can expose an individual to direct contact with an infectious disease in apatient, their family members, co-workers, people in congregate living quarters, and members of thepublic. During travels, you may have been exposed to common infectious diseases and location specificinfectious diseases. Other diseases are transmitted through insects and not directly from humans. Thisform will help to document (highlight) exposures which may impact your health in the future. Please takea moment to identify all exposures that apply.Review of Trauma / Treatment ReceivedWhile abroad, you may have had a traumatic injury, had a blood borne pathogen (BBP) exposure, orreceived treatment for a medical condition. All blood borne pathogen exposures will need follow-uptesting with UCSF OHS to confirm that transmission of disease did not occur. All cases of treatedtrauma need to be recorded by UCSF OHS. Please identify any trauma requiring medical treatment, anyBBP exposures, and medical care received.Follow Up TB Testing – Symptom Review and Skin TestTuberculosis continues to have a high prevalence in most of the world outside North America andWestern Europe. If you have been traveling for more that 2 weeks in countries outside of North Americaand Western Europe, then you need to complete a TB symptom review (and TB skin test if you werepreviously negative), 12 weeks after your return from travel. Please complete your date of departure,date of return and identify when you expect to have the TB screening. The TB Symptom review can beobtained here. The TB skin test can be administered during the drop in hours at the Parnassus andMount Zion OHS clinics.If you have any questions about the content of this form, call UCSF Occupational Health Services at 415-885-7580 to speak with a clinician. If you are a student, contact Student Health Services at 415-476-1281STAFF, FACULTY, TRAINEES: SEND COMPLETED FORM TO THE ADDRESS ABOVE OR FAX THE FORM TO: (415) 771-4472STUDENTS: FAX COMPLETED FORM TO STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES AT: (415) 476-6137 Updated 11/8/2012