Tuberculosis (RISE Clinic)
About the Tuberculosis RISE Clinic
The RISE Clinic at The Miriam Hospital provides specialty consultation related to tuberculosis (TB) care in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Our experienced staff members know how to safely care for contagious patients. This includes treatment for those who have developed tuberculosis and for those persons who have been exposed and are at high risk of developing the disease in the future.
The RISE Clinic has about 8,500 patient visits each year. Though patients whom the clinic treats are infected with tuberculosis, most are not ill from the disease and are not contagious. The treatments provided are critical in order to eliminate the chances that these patients will ever get ill from TB or be able to pass TB on to others.
Clinic outreach workers meet patients who are diagnosed with tuberculosis, escort them to the clinic, and orient them to their treatment program immediately after they are discharged from the hospital.
The clinic also has a directly observed therapy program. An outreach worker administers every dose of medication a patient receives. This enables the clinic staff to determine whether a patient is having trouble with medication early on and to verify that it is being taken correctly.