Goal and Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.

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.

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