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Course Title:
Anthrax: What Every Clinician Should Know (Webcast)
Format: Web-based Training w/ Video Archive
Cost (US $): None
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Course Description:

This archived 10/18/01 webcast presents clinical guidelines and procedures for the early recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and reporting of anthrax exposure. A panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an overview of clinical, laboratory and public health preparedness for potential Bacillus anthracis incidence. Exposure incidents are emphasized.

Goal: To provide physicians, nurse clinicians and other health care workers serving in private offices, hospitals and public health settings with an update of how to correctly recognize, test, diagnose, treat and report cases that could be attributed to Bacillus anthracis exposure. Objectives: After the program, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the critical role the front line medical practitioners play in the public health system's surveillance of Bacillus anthracis exposure.
  • Describe the proper clinical practice for early recognition, testing, diagnosis, treatment and reporting of anthrax exposure.
  • Provide accurate and relevant information about Bacillus anthracis and the risk it poses to individuals and the community.
Subject Area(s):
Bioterrorism/Emergency Preparedness
Infectious Diseases/Immunizations
Target Audience(s): Allied Health Professionals
Health Educators
Sponsor/Offerer: Amer. Hospital Assn., Amer. Medical Assn., PHTN, CDC, Univ. North Carolina School of Public Health
Starting Date: Continuous/Self-Study
Ending Date: N/A
Special Notes: RealPlayer Version 8 or higher is required and available free through the webcast site. More recent anthrax titles in the "CDC Responds" series are also available:
  • Anthrax: What Every Clinician Should Know, Part II
  • Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Anthrax - Lessons Learned.
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Contact Name: PHTN web site
Contact Phone: 1-800-41-TRAIN
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Learner Reviews

February 26, 2002
What Every Clinician Should Know
Reviewed By: Victor Chernyshev  

You have interested me also I has decided to ask the videocassete about What Every Clinician Should Know . I think, that when I shall receive and I shall look cassete, I shall enjoy pleasure!!!!!
I very hope to you! I shall be very grateful!
Before thanks!

February 26, 2002
What Every Clinician Should Know
Reviewed By: Victor Chernyshev  

You have interested me also I has decided to ask the videocassete about What Every Clinician Should Know . I think, that when I shall receive and I shall look cassete, I shall enjoy pleasure!!!!!
I very hope to you! I shall be very grateful!
Before thanks!

February 21, 2002
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February 16, 2002
Reviewed By: Evgeny  

I want more more to learn(find out) as to care of the health

February 16, 2002
Reviewed By: Evgeny  

I want more more to learn(find out) as to care of the health

January 05, 2002
Comprehensive preliminary information on anthrax
Reviewed By: Joyce Darnell, RN, CS, FNP, NCSN  

Information was presented in a well organized way.
The topic is rather dry so information can come across this way. Good selection of presenters.

January 03, 2002
smallpox - identified, explained, treated
Reviewed By: Debbie Martinez RN CHN  

The session on smallpox was very helpful. Much of the information will be used by the medical community, since few, if any, have actually seen or worked with smallpox. The CDC smallpox guidelines (draft) on their website was extremely helpful.

January 02, 2002
Too technical for our needs
Reviewed By: Mary E. Weber  

As an outpatient rehabilitation center, we found the information to be far too technical for our needs. Instead of showing the video to the staff, one person watched it, made an outline of the pertintent information, and showed the 3 minutes of video that gave visual identification of lesions. The video was little more than talking heads, boring ones at that and propoganda about how well the US is handling all these scares.

December 27, 2001
Best Info Available in Accessable Manner
Reviewed By: Denise  

Good presentation - info excellent, speakers knowledgeable.

December 27, 2001
Excellent Review
Reviewed By: William Hacker, MD  

As a physician in the State Department for Public Health, I found the program very informative and the information shared was consistent with other souces. The format, presenters, and slides were very good. I plan to watch other programs in the future.

December 24, 2001
pertinent up-to-date info. from national experts
Reviewed By: Elizabeth Schulz  

This course was most helpful in helping our local health dept. answer the same questions and concerns that were posed to the course panel members. It helped validate our actions at the local level to hear the thoughtful responses of the national experts.

December 20, 2001
Critical topic, but a dry format
Reviewed By: An Occupational MD  

The speakers were knowledgeable but the overall format was dry, boring. Should take some cues from great teachers or perhaps sales presentation specialists to pick up the pace, liven up the presentations to maintain audience interest.

I think the BEST TEACHERS CDC can identify should present these subjects, not the senior-most staff or most politically-connected individuals. The senior-most staff could be available in the background to answer specific questions if needed.

December 20, 2001
More medical less Thompson
Reviewed By: Frank Edward Myers III, M.A., CIC  

The amount of time discussing the medical differentiation, diagnosis and treatment of anthrax was too small while Sec. Thompson talked forever.

December 20, 2001
Provides most important data
Reviewed By: J. Pearson  

Clinicians only need the how to recognize and care for, first hour of the tapes are excellent next hour tends to put folks to sleep.

December 19, 2001
great information preceded by lengthy introduction, thanks, etc.
Reviewed By: Rebecca A. Heffner  

Course contained timely, accurate information but was not respectful of professional's time constraints. Course could have been limited to one hour, and more focused on topic.

Overall, was worth the time, but was difficult to get physicians to attend.

December 19, 2001
Initial overview of ongoing anthrax outbreak
Reviewed By: Arnold Mazur, M.D.  

This timely program was put toether as a first attempt to inform the healthcare community about our knowledge of anthrax outbreak as quickly as possible. It fulfilled that purpose well. My criticism is that there was too much time spent listening to Sec. Thompson. Otherwise I learned a lot about where we stood at that moment.

December 18, 2001
Excellent resource that was accessible
Reviewed By: Douglas Hatch  

The over quality of the presentation was excellent. More important for personnel in the field, was that the information was useful for both clinicians responsible for symptomatic persons, and epidemiologists and officials needing to respond promptly and correctly to inquiries from the public. Furthermore, the videocast was available on the internet -- and thus accessible 24 hours per day (i.e. access was independent of initial broadcast, time zone, other meeting conflicts, etc.). Finally, the historical delay trying to obtain articles of reference etc. via the regular mail was unnecessary.

December 18, 2001
Updated information in a timely manner without leaving my workplace
Reviewed By: Elsie Toseki  

The information provided was up to date and timely and will be very helpful in developing a guideline for addressing those clients who appear at our facility with a concern regarding exposure. It also helps to have the information coming from a trusted source like the CDC.

December 18, 2001
Very informative, interesting and helpful.
Reviewed By: Kim  

We found this video to be very helpful in learning more about Anthrax. It helped us to be more prepared to calm employees fears and concerns, and helped us to understand the symptomology as well.

December 18, 2001
very thorough and well presented
Reviewed By: Angie Echols  

I appreciate this resource . I have used it with training my staff of nurses at the HOme Health Agency where I work. I found it very useful.

December 18, 2001
Good resource for Provider education
Reviewed By: scott weir  

This resource was valuable as a tool for provider education and awareness level training. The forum was well delivered.

December 17, 2001
Talking Heads
Reviewed By: D. Beales  

Both of the Anthrax programs I have viewed contained an untenable amount of superfluous political jargon, wasting precious staff time. These 'talking heads' promoted their own political interests and agendas to the detriment of the learning experience. After the first program, my personnel voted with their feet not to attend any further sessions due to the sparse nature of the clinical information, and the overblown back-patting 'filler' that stretched an hour long program into two.

The lack of substantial clinical information was disheartening as well.

December 17, 2001
Reviewed By: Brian Frankel  

As always, the CDC presents accurate, timely information to Public Health practitioners throughout the world. during a time of crisis, this information helped me to give a clear, accurate message to those whom I serve.

December 17, 2001
Initial Information on Recognition & Treatment Anthrax
Reviewed By: Sanford R. Kimmel, M.D.  

The initial portion of the program gives a summary of the importance of the anthrax outbreak. Although politically useful, it provided little new information. The second part of the program providing the hard facts about anthrax was much more useful to the clinician. In particular, Dr. Stephens did an excellent job. The third portion of the program focused more on the epidemiological aspects.

December 17, 2001
Interesting Introduction to Anthrax
Reviewed By: Carol Cherry  

Part I provided information to reinforce the research that I had conducted.

December 17, 2001
excellent concise- up to cdc's great standards!!!!!!
Reviewed By: denise brennan  


December 17, 2001
Very informative and helpfu to rural community
Reviewed By: Carl Duble  

As we all geared up to develop an awareness of Anthrax, the presentation hit the spot. We had physician to go out into the community and present live updates. your presentation assited us in doing that accurately

December 17, 2001
Excellent and much needed.
Reviewed By: Karen Baker, RN, BSN  

I flet that the review of the Florida investigation of anthrax cases was quite helpful. Also, the timeliness of the information was good. I particularly found the multisponsorship of the program showing unity in America quite inspiring. Overall, the information was excellent. The scope of audience, goals and objectives, and the convenience of my C-band satellite system at home made it very user friendly.

Thank you!

December 17, 2001
Anthrax: What Every Clinician Should Know Part I
Reviewed By: Richard Renas  

The course was well thought out, current in it's information and timely.

December 17, 2001
Quick to respond / content generic
Reviewed By: Tami Edwards  

It was great to have such quick response to the need for information. The content of the message was good, although seemed very generic and included some political speeches vs. more detailed clinical material that could be used on site.

December 17, 2001
good basic course, but too much small talk with the important people,
Reviewed By: Meghan Delaney, Medical student  

I thought the Anthrax course was fine. However, i thought it should talk about more science and medicine, molecular and biological and have less lengthy introductions and small talk with the important folks that did the talk. Overall, it was good.

December 17, 2001
too political and not enough substance
Reviewed By: Mary Thompson  

There was too much irrelevant informtion presented for this video to be worthwhile for clinicians. A short printed synopsis of clinical recommendations would have been more helpful--one had to listen to a lot of stuff to learn anything practical.

December 17, 2001
Good, informative course that our nurses & doctors all viewed
Reviewed By: Paulette Murrin  

This was a good course on Anthrax that was very useful to us as a Public Health team. All of our nurses have viewed it as have most of our physicians. Altogether about 15 of our staff have seen it and more will see it in the near future because we recorded it and made it available to staff. Very worthwhile and timely.

December 17, 2001
Narrow the Focus
Reviewed By: T.Joyce  

The program was informative but covered too many aspects of the topic. For a tital like "Antrax: What Every Clinician Should Know," this broadcast covered a lot of what clinicians didn't need to know. I was expecting more clinical and labritory information as-well-as a heads-up on how to recognize and anthrax event when it is present. The political back ground should have been saved for another program. This two hour show could have made two nice one hour shows.

December 17, 2001
Great to have a fast way of communicating the lastest info.
Reviewed By: Cari Larsen  

It was a great relief to have access to up to date information and to be able to provide it to all of my clinicians whereever they were. Our staff work in various sites throughout the state. Not only could we ensure that they had the information but by ordering the video and having access to the rebroadcast at any time we could arrange for viewing at convenient times. Thank you for the leadership role that you took at this time of our country's crisis.
Introductory remarks and introductions were a little too lengthy but after that the content was concise, interesting and up to date. Thank you.

December 17, 2001
Information is essential
Reviewed By: Mary Carroll Burton  

CDC braodcast of Anthrax: What every clinician needs to know provided valuable information in a timely manner. I found the content informative and helped decrease anxiety. Like most individuals fear of the unknown causes anxiety. Increasing my knowledge base is helpful and decreases that anxiety. Obtaining clinical information on anthrax was a move in the right direction for our country and for healthcare providers. Information is essential, and it needs to be from an EXPERT!
Thank you,

December 17, 2001
Well worth the time spent
Reviewed By: Mary Jane Tait, RN/ DSD  

The anthrax update was a very clear and concise presentation that helped to form,ulate in my mind what we needed to know to allay fears in our staffs and become more aware of the implications for anthrax exposures. It was very well done and we appreciated the information.

December 17, 2001
too little useful info, too much politicing
Reviewed By: Susan Payne  

It was irritating to have to listen to so much political nothingness. Clinicians are for the most part very busy. I would have appreciated short intros and focus on the facts I need to know.

December 16, 2001
very good
Reviewed By: j. john bock, m.d.  

see above

December 16, 2001
Very Helpful, Educational, and Timely
Reviewed By: Andreas D. Sideridis, M.D.  

The broadcast was very informative, expanding my base of knowledge concerning anthrax.
Overall length should have been shortened by having less discussion. More emphasis should have been devoted to clinical aspects.

December 16, 2001
Update on Anthrax
Reviewed By: Jan Rhiner  

Information provided was clear, up to date, informative & complete.

December 16, 2001
CME Credit Desirable
Reviewed By: E. L. Van Oeveren, M.D.  

Should grant CME credit for taking course.

December 16, 2001
Overall a good summary of information about anthrax
Reviewed By: M. Noble MD  

Overall a good summary of information about anthrax. I wasn't able to attend the videoconference but appreciated being able to get the tape for free and then pass it along to my colleagues in the clinic. This program was released relatively early after the first anthrax cases emerged and we didn't know what lay ahead. The beginning portion of the videotape with somewhat 'political' introductions, Tommy Thompson etc. was probably important for the CDC but not so critical for me as a clinician. It was easy to get through until the 'meat' of the information, which was clearly, honestly and generally well presented.

December 16, 2001
Vital Information for Physicians and other HCPs
Reviewed By: Karen M. Landers, M.D., F.A.A.P., I.B.C.L.C.  

This course provides vital information for every clinicians. As a physician who has some knowldege in this field, I found that the broadcast answered a lot of the questions that others freqently ask me.

December 15, 2001
Good basis.
Reviewed By: Thomas Benzoni, DO  

Thanks for getting the ball rolling.

We need more on how to get our local health departments involved.

December 15, 2001
Excellent Overview; Condense the Presentation
Reviewed By: James B. Cowan, DVM, MSPH  

I agree with many of the other reviewers. While much of the information was excellent, it was spread throughout the presentation. Distill future presentations to the facts and thoughtful insight of recognized experts and you'll have a real winner. Continue to make tapes free of charge with quick turn-around.

December 15, 2001
Very informative and helpful
Reviewed By: Javier Vasquez, MD  

It has been a great learning tool about a disease most of us knew very little about. The lectures have made us very aware of the clear and present danger of bioterrorism and it has sensitized us to be alert when we come in contact with patients to early signs and symptoms possible related to these threats.

December 15, 2001
Convenient, effective, timely
Reviewed By: Jim Cody  

I would like to compliment you on your ability to make the tape available. It allows me to review any portion I have any questions about, and I can also use it to show portions of the tape to any patients with specific questions. It also allowed me to view it on my own time and convenience. The only reason I didn't give it a five is due to the length of the tape. I thought it could have been shortened some, but realize on such short notice, that may have been difficult.

December 15, 2001
Video Tapes are Excellent Sources
Reviewed By: Diane Wesson, Administrative RN. Pecan Valley MHMR  

Due to not having the internet at work, I have not been able to view the broadcasts live. I really appreciate the notices I recieve by E-Mail at home. I have been able to order the videos on-line and view them. I am an Administrative RN for a community based MHMR program,that also includes Infection control. We deal with a multitude of problems with the public. With the videos, all of my nurses have been able to view them, and give informed answers to our customers questions, which have been many. I have recieved videos on Anthrax, and Bio-terrorism ( Small Pox ) they have been a great sourse of education. Please keep up the good work.

December 15, 2001
Very good and timely
Reviewed By: N. Sriranganathan  

The presentation was very well done with what to look for and how followthrough

December 15, 2001
Rapid Response of CDC Equips Clinicians
Reviewed By: Pat McManus  

The CDC should be commended for providing such timely and potentially lifesaving training to clinicians in the US. The threat of bioterrorism is real and knowledge at the front lines will be vital in dealing with its consequences. It is invaluable to have realtime interaction with the CDC's public health experts.

December 14, 2001
Very Informative/Educational
Reviewed By: lynne lancaster  

Some lengthy discussion at the beginning of the video, but this was the initial video. Excellent use of pictures and direction of what to do. Could be shorter in dialogue for the opening of video.

December 14, 2001
The beginning was too long
Reviewed By: Brian Bowlin  

The first 25 minutes of the video was Secretary Thompason and the panel members congratulating each other on what a great job they did, then you went to a break. I lost 3/4 of my audience during the break.

The pertinent information was scattered throughout - but working in an acute care facility my staff do not have an hour and 1/2 to get 15 minutes of information.

December 14, 2001
timely, helpful
Reviewed By: Wesley Eastridge, M.D.  

It was helpful to be able to watch rerun on the Internet, especially for the first Bioterrorism broadcast. However it is faster for busy clinicians to read transcripts or bulletins posted on your website, especially for followup announcements or symposia. Thanks,

December 03, 2001
Summary of anthrax
Reviewed By: Jacqueline Gomogda  

It is like a lecture not more of a training. Sometimes its nice to listen to somebody just merely talking just like a discussion in that way you can aometimes correlate it. It is also helpful if they show some scenario or invite some speaker from different field in what way they would be dealing or encountering this disease.Otherwise its good.

October 31, 2001
Meets Objectives, But Wastes Time
Reviewed By: Catherine Creel  

This training meets its objectives by clearly delineating:

1) symptoms for all three paths of infection;
2) diagnostic tests and their limitations;
3) and differential diagnoses (very helpful).

Quite valuable in this course is the emphasis on the need to lean heavily on epidemiological data and clinical judgment due to almost certain unreliability of initial test results.

This training could have covered more ground or been shorter if not for the seemingly politically-motivated, self-congratulatory speeches in the beginning of the course.

This course provides a good starting point for
clinicians and other healthcare providers.


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