Anthrax is an acute, infectious disease caused by spore-forming bacteria called Bacillus anthracis. It is most naturally found in the soil in foreign, agricultural regions where it may affect animals. Currently, however, humans are being threatened by anthrax through its use as a potential biological weapon.
The best form of defense is heightened awareness of the disease which can rapidly progress to systemic anthrax with high mortality rates. Clinicians should know how the disease is transmitted, recognize the signs and symptoms, utilize effective treatment protocols in a timely manner, and conduct targeted screening in suspicious cases and persons at risk.
This course provides the professional clinician an overview of anthrax including its transmission, types and related symptoms, and current treatment protocols.
- Identify persons at risk for anthrax exposure.
- Describe the four primary types of anthrax infection.
- Discuss diagnosis and treatment of anthrax exposure and infection.
- Recently updated by CDC subject matter expert
- Includes new American Academy of Pediatrics treatment recommendations for clinical management of anthrax in children
- Available for CNE (.6 contact hours)
- Part of our Acute Care Learning Solutions product line