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Biological Weapons & Emergency Preparedness, Part 1
Anthrax and Plague

RT286-60 l 1.00 contact hrs
by Janet Sprehe, DNP, APN-BC, RN-BC, CVRN and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
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The goal of this program is to familiarize healthcare providers with bioterrorism and its implications for care. Part 1 focuses on the history of bioterrorism, the healthcare provider’s role in recognizing symptoms produced by common bioterrorism agents, and information about anthrax and plague. Part 2 focuses on the healthcare provider’s role in emergency preparedness and response and on keys to recognizing and responding to botulism and smallpox. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the history of bioterrorism
  • Recognize the symptoms of most likely biological agents
  • Describe the signs, symptoms, and management of anthrax and plague

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. This CE course is approved from 1/10/2012 to 1/10/2014, 3/31/2014 to 3/31/2016, and 9/20/2016 to 9/20/2018.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 9/20/2018

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