Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) ambushed healthcare professionals with the outbreak of a new disease that led to severe illness and death, stirred up fear and threatened the economic well-being of major cities like Hong Kong and Toronto. The culprit, a previously unrecognized coronavirus, struck thousands. Although there has not been a case of SARS since 2004, there was much wisdom gleaned from the outbreak.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists with a historical overview of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), including epidemiology, containment, clinical assessment and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the emergence and spread of SARS
- List signs and symptoms of probable and suspected SARS and protective measures to prevent contagion
- Summarize the course of the disease and related treatment
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. This CE course is approved from 1/17/2012 to 1/17/2014, 2/17/2014 to 2/17/2016, and 9/20/2016 to 9/20/2018.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
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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. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.
This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.
For Florida professionals:
This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.
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