Bioterrorism Events

The purpose of this continuing education program is to inform and educate healthcare providers on the factors of bioterrorism events. Biological agents are organisms or toxins that can kill or incapacitate people, livestock and crops. A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make many people sick. This course will give the healthcare provider information about a biological attack that may or may not be immediately obvious. In most  cases  local healthcare providers will report a pattern of unusual illness or there will be a wave of sick people seeking emergency medical attention. This course will explain the process of how the public would be alerted through an emergency system. The healthcare provider will gain information about some of the most common agents that could be used in a bioterrorism event.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize and response to a bioterrorism event.
  2. Identify the basic categories of biological agents used as weapons.
  3. Describe infection control management of patients following a suspected or confirmed bioterrorism event.
  4. Recall dissemination techniques, treatment of patients and staff, and the factors of chemical agents used in bioterrorism event.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Video - Bioterrorism Events

Chapter 3: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Debra Smith-Harr

Debra Smith-Harr has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1987.  She completed her BSRC at Midwestern State University in 2010. She currently owns and operates Smith Seminars, a continuing education website for Respiratory Therapists. She also has a website, CEU Webinars, that has continuing education for Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, Medical Lab Technicians, and Sleep Professionals.

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