Chemical Weapons and Emergency Preparedness - 16-GANN-F3-0015

Chemical Weapons and Emergency Preparedness

by Janet Sprehe, DNP, APN-BC, RN-BC, CVRN and Roberta Proffitt Lavin, APRN-BC, PhD and Richard Stilp, RN, MA, CHSP and Lisa Schemmel-Rettenmeier, RN, MSN, EdD
(4.7 / 227 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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The government and healthcare facilities should continue to improve their approaches to all-hazards preparedness, including preparedness for terrorist attacks with chemical weapons. The healthcare team’s knowledge and ability to recognize this condition is critical to preparedness efforts and maintaining individual and population-wide health. This module gives an overview of chemical agents that can be used as weapons, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.


The goal of this program is to familiarize healthcare professionals with chemical agents that can be used in a terrorist attack and with some of the special considerations for children. After studying the information presented here, you will able to:
  • Discuss the types of chemical agents that can be used as weapons
  • Describe the healthcare professional’s role in recognizing symptoms related to a chemical attack
  • Identify the signs and symptoms and management of victims exposed to nerve agents, cyanides, respiratory irritants and vesicants
  • Discuss the healthcare issues related to a chemical attack, especially as it pertains to children

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, paramedics and EMTs, and physicians.
Paramedics and EMTs: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 09/08/17 to 12/01/20.
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Course Originally Released on: 6/10/2005
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/9/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2019

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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Steven W - highland, CA  ·  Feb 12, 2019
excellent coverage of the entire arsenal of chemical weapons
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Robert B - CAMARILLO, CA  ·  Feb 08, 2019
This is a good subject to be taught more about.
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Angela B - Mapleton, IL  ·  Jan 25, 2019
very informative, felt like I learned information that I did not know before
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Tifford T - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Jan 23, 2019
Full of information and in depth, with symptoms, preventative measures and treatment
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Dave K - Orient, OH  ·  Jan 15, 2019
Well written, interesting
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