Weapons of Mass Destruction & Emergency Preparedness - CMEZ60045

Weapons of Mass Destruction & Emergency Preparedness

by Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD and Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI and Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN and Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
(4.4 / 1482 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (4.00 Credits)
Physician (4.00 Credits)

Price: $42.00
CE-PRO Price: $21.00


The government and healthcare facilities should continue to improve their approach to all-hazards preparedness, including preparedness for terrorist attacks with chemical, biological, or radioactive weapons. The healthcare team’s knowledge and ability to recognize these conditions is critical to preparedness efforts and maintaining individual and the population health. This module gives an overview of weapons of mass destruction and their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.


The goal of this course is to provide medical and nursing professionals with information about the medical consequences of an act of terrorism that involves weapons of mass destruction. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Discuss the history of bioterrorism.
  • Describe the signs, symptoms, and management of anthrax and plague infection.
  • Discuss measures the government has instituted in case of bioterrorism attacks.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of botulism and smallpox and understand their medical management.
  • List the recommendations of national agencies involved in emergency preparedness measures.
  • Explain emergency preparedness measures for bioterrorism.
  • Explain the basic principles of radiation and possible scenarios for radiological incidents
  • Discuss the injuries, radiological contamination routes, presenting signs and symptoms, and treatments associated with radiological incidents.
  • Discuss the basic roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals when they respond to a radiological mass casualty incident.
  • Identify the types of chemical agents that can be used as weapons.
  • Describe symptoms related to a chemical attack.
  • Describe treatments for victims exposed to nerve agents, cyanides, respiratory irritants, and vesicants.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: 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. 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.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 4.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 11/7/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/20/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/30/2022

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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George P - Knoxville, TN  ·  Mar 27, 2020
excellent overview of a subject that we all need to be aware of
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Steven H - King George, VA  ·  Mar 26, 2020
Very relevant to current events. A must for any health care provider dealing with acute patients.
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John Charles S - Metairie, LA  ·  Mar 22, 2020
Very informational, but we still unprepared look now at COVD 19
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CHARLES H - Oak Brook, IL  ·  Mar 21, 2020
Highly informative and well written.
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kevin b - LAS VEGAS, NV  ·  Mar 19, 2020
the coarse is very comprehensive and is excellent
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Price: $42.00
CE-PRO Price: $21.00