Bacterial Meningitis — Still a Dangerous Foe - 384-413-19

Bacterial Meningitis — Still a Dangerous Foe

by Beth R. Wallace, MPH, CIC and Connie Goldsmith, MPA, RN and Kim Strelczyk, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CIC
(4.7 / 530 ratings )

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

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Almost 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis and 500 deaths from bacterial meningitis occurred annually in the U.S. between 2003 and 2007, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 goal of this continuing education program is to inform nurses, laboratory technologists, EMTs and paramedics, and pharmacists about the incidence and causes of bacterial meningitis, 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
Level of Instruction: Basic

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, laboratory professionals, and pharmacists.
Laboratory professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit. 
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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).
384-413-19 "Bacterial Meningitis — Still a Dangerous Foe" is approved 02/14/2019 to 02/28/2021.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/23/2006
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/13/2017
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. Relias LLC 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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Joni W - Temecula, CA  ·  Apr 03, 2020
THis course was easy to understand
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Ayan Y - San Diego , CA  ·  Apr 03, 2020
very informative course, I learned a lot.
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JAMES M - Williston, ND  ·  Mar 31, 2020
Really enjoyed the review about the causes of meningitis.
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Gabriel N - Upper Marlboro, MD  ·  Mar 31, 2020
Excellent presentation of the course and very relevant to my job performance.
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Jerilyn M - Danville, CA  ·  Mar 30, 2020
very interesting review of bacterial meningitis. The vaccinations have done a great job in reducing the numbers.
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Price: $10.00
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