of this program is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with
information about biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction. Better
care of patients is the ultimate objective, and that may be achieved if caregivers
apply uniform treatments and monitor for any necessary changes. Some of the
subject matter includes: where the toxic material comes from, symptoms of
infection, with particular emphasis on emergency room and triage personnel
who are the first people to treat the patient.
of this course, you should be able to:
- State the brief history
of biochemical warfare.
- Recognize first receivers roles that require special training.
- Recognize symptoms or clusters
of symptoms that may indicate the possibility of community or individual biochemical
- Compare various biological
agents, in terms of incubation period, signs, symptoms, sequelae and mode
of transmission. Also recognize sources, availability of vaccine, if it's
contagious between humans, and treatment.
- Compare various nerve,
blood, pulmonary and blister agents in terms of description, onset of symptoms
post exposure, signs and symptoms and routes of exposure, decontamination
- Rank triage priorities
and activities for the pre-hospital treatment of mass casualty patients.
- Differentiate between
pre-hospital management and emergency room management.
- Name 2 antidotes and
the signs and symptoms, as well as age range, for their use.
- List factors that should
be considered when giving follow-up instructions after treatment.
- State methods of handling
- List personal protective equipment (PPE) required for first receiver response to radiologic terrorism.
- Identify common symptoms and methods of treatment associated with exposure to radioactive and nuclear agents.
- Identify the purpose and information available on the Health Alert Network.