Whooping Cough Requirements Clarified

July 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Tdap immunizations requirements have already been in place for healthcare vendor reps in patient care areas for many hospitals.  But because Tdap covers tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, the objective of the immunization hasn’t always been clear.  Which of these diseases is the hospital really concerned about?

Many reps reason that the hospital isn’t really concerned about pertussis, or whooping cough. After all, whooping cough is a funny-named disease from the past like “consumption.”  No one really gets that any more. The line of reasoning continues that the hospital is actually concerned about tetanus.  If that’s true, then a DT or Td vaccination should meet the hospital’s needs.  Reps load a DT or Td record, and Vendormate analysts reject it.

Why?

Because the rising rate of pertussis is a concern for the public health sector.  And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) name the Tdap vaccine as the recommended vaccination.

Vendormate is making the requirement clearer to registering reps. Requirements formerly labeled “Tdap” are being renamed “Pertussis Immunization.”  Emails are being sent to representatives registered at hospitals with this requirement reinforcing the pertussis element. DT or Td doesn’t include the key ingredient of pertussis immunization, so it won’t be accepted by the hospitals. In the end, proof of Tdap is still the accepted document, but the new labeling alerts reps that pertussis is the objective.

Much of Vendormate’s vendor credentialing efforts are directly at clear communication. At creating transparency between the hospital and the vendors.  These changes are aimed at doing just that for pertussis.

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