Mercury poisoning still threatens people’s health and lives, and healthcare providers across various disciplines have much to learn about potential sources of poisoning, prevention and assessment. In the general population, the presence of mercury in the food chain is still the most significant pathway for mercury exposure throughout the U.S. and the entire world. There is no known treatment to reverse the damage caused by this heavy metal element, found in liquid, solid and vapor forms, making prevention an important public-health goal.
The goal of this continuing education module is to inform nurses, dietitians, health educators, laboratory professionals, pharmacists, and physicians about the threat of mercury poisoning in humans in the U.S. and around the world. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the properties of mercury, particularly in its most lethal form
- List three questions to assess for exposure to mercury and three prevention strategies
- List at least five signs and symptoms of methyl mercury poisoning
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, health educators, laboratory professionals, pharmacists and physicians.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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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.