Almost 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis and 500 deaths from bacterial meningitis occurred annually in the U.S. between 2003 and 2007. Members of the healthcare team must be able to recognize symptoms that could indicate meningitis to expedite testing and treatment. Clinicians also can advocate for preventive vaccination among appropriate age groups. Bacterial meningitis remains a dangerous foe. With knowledge of preventive measures (basic good hygiene, including droplet precautions and vaccination) and awareness of early symptoms, the impact of meningitis on children and young people can be greatly reduced. This course covers the incidence and causes of bacterial meningitis, its common symptoms and complications, prevention and treatment.
The purpose of this program is to inform nurses, laboratory technologists, EMTs and paramedics and pharmacists about the incidence and causes of bacterial meningitis, its common symptoms and complications, prevention and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify the bacteria that cause most cases of bacterial meningitis in the U.S.
- Describe the common symptoms associated with bacterial meningitis
- Discuss the vaccines used to prevent bacterial meningitis
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, laboratory technologists, EMTs and paramedics and pharmacists.
EMTs and paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Advanced
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 04/20/2015 to 12/01/2016.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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