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Biological Weapons & Emergency Preparedness, Part 2
Botulism and Smallpox

RT287-60 l 1.00 contact hrs
by Janet Sprehe, DNP, APN-BC, RN-BC, CVRN
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The goal of this program is to familiarize healthcare professionals with the ramifications of bioterrorism. Part 1 explored the history of bioterrorism, healthcare providers’ roles in recognizing symptoms produced by a biological terrorist attack and information about anthrax and plague. Part 2 discusses botulism, smallpox and the healthcare provider’s role in emergency preparedness in the event of an attack. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of botulism and smallpox and understand their medical management
  • List the recommendations of national agencies involved in emergency preparedness measures
  • Explain emergency preparedness measures for bioterrorism

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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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