Diphtheria: A Preventable Infectious Disorder - 384-085-19

Diphtheria: A Preventable Infectious Disorder

by Krupa Patel, PharmD, MPH
(4.7 / 120 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Diphtheria was once responsible for large epidemics all over the globe. The infection is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which is a gram-positive, nonmotile aerobic organism. It occurs when there is overcrowding, poor living conditions, incomplete immunization, and poor overall health. However, since the appearance of diphtheria toxoid nearly a century ago, infection has declined. In 2014, the World Health Organization reported approximately 7,000 global cases compared with nearly 60,000 just 10 years previously. Treatment of toxigenic diphtheria demands urgency and management should be initiated based on suspicion. Delay in treatment usually leads to high morbidity and mortality.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, paramedics and EMTs, and laboratory professionals with adequate information about diphtheria, its epidemiology, presentation, and management of infection. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the transmission of diphtheria and its epidemiology
  • Discuss the presentation of diphtheria and organ involvement
  • Explain the management of diphtheria, the drugs available to treat the disease, and the role of antitoxin in its treatment
  • Describe the vaccination protocol for diphtheria for children, adults, and elderly patients
Level of Instruction: Basic

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists and laboratory professionals.
Laboratory professionals.: 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 www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com/ and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #384).
384-085-19 "Diphtheria: A Preventable Infectious Disorder" is approved 02/18/2019 to 02/28/2021.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/16/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/22/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2021

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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Student friendly and very informative.
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Jin-Hee H - Clackamas, OR  ·  Jul 15, 2019
It was good. Learned a lot.
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Leslie R - STUART, FL  ·  Jul 14, 2019
very informative lesson for education
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Price: $10.00
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