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Tuberculosis (TB), formerly known as consumption, was a known health issue as far back as ancient Egypt and it continues to be one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. TB has always occurred disproportionately among the poor and disadvantaged populations. In spite of a decline in the total number of cases in the United States in the past decade, 9,588 new cases of TB were reported in 2013.
In addition, the threat of TB infection in healthcare workers is a growing concern. Healthcare professionals have a critical role in the detection and care of people with TB. Accurate and appropriate assessment, along with implementation of a suitable care plan is necessary to prevent transmission of this disease. Research continues to discover ways to improve approaches to TB; however, detection and treatment remain a long and difficult process. This course provides an overview of the current information about TB across the lifespan. Prevention, detection, and treatment options are included, with a focus on measures to protect healthcare workers from contracting TB. The course is intended for healthcare professionals who practice in various settings – from institutional to community-based. Having current knowledge about TB is the only way to provide effective care to this population.
- Identify the current trends in TB.
- Describe the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of TB.
- Outline how a diagnosis of TB is determined.
- Describe the treatment of TB.
- Discuss measures to increase adherence to antituberculin drugs.
- Identify measures to prevent the transmission of TB in healthcare settings.
Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN, is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology, advanced practice nursing, and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making, including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals and has written several course books on respiratory-related topics for Western Schools.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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