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Course # 54552 • Tuberculosis: An Update

Overview

In a global perspective, the effect of TB on the health and economy of the world is staggering. It has been estimated that 2 to 3 billion people worldwide have active TB. This represents one-third of the world's population. In 2014, 9.6 million people around the world became sick with tuberculosis, and 1.5 million died of TB-related illnesses. The return of TB, teamed with the spread of HIV/AIDS and the prevalence of MDR-TB, has created a serious, and potentially deadly, healthcare problem. All healthcare providers must be aware of the dangers for patients, family, and self. Only meticulous attention to methods of prevention and treatment can help control this killer disease. This course will review the incidence, etiology, methods of transmission, types of tuberculosis, signs and symptoms, methods of diagnosis, prophylaxis, treatment, and management of adult and pediatric patients with pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

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Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine

Release Date: 10/01/2016

Expiration Date: 09/30/2019

Audience

This course is designed for all dental professionals who may have contact with a patient with tuberculosis.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021. Provider ID 217994. AGD Subject Code 148. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-19206.

Course Objective

Although the incidence of tuberculosis has begun to decrease in the United States, it continues to rise disproportionately among foreign-born, immunocompromised, and minority groups. In light of these changes, the purpose of this course is to provide dental professionals with the necessary information regarding treatment and transmission prevention in order to decrease the morbidity of the disease among their patient populations and facilities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical background of tuberculosis.
  2. Describe the modes of transmission for tuberculosis.
  3. Identify the three stages of tuberculosis.
  4. List the signs and symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis.
  5. Identify persons at high risk of contracting pulmonary tuberculosis.
  6. Describe the methods of diagnosis used for suspected tuberculosis, including the necessity of a translator for assessing non- English proficient patients.
  7. Characterize the important forms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis.
  8. Discuss the suggested treatment options for pulmonary tuberculosis.
  9. Describe approaches to chemoprophylaxis of tuberculosis.
  10. Identify patient teaching goals that help the patient understand and cope with the diagnosis of tuberculosis.

Faculty

Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, RN, received her basic nursing education at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her BSN from Coe College and her MA from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked throughout the United States both clinically and as an educator. Her continuing education classes have focused on the case management aspects of the care of orthopedic and pulmonary patients, with particular focus on the long-term care needs of the elderly and disabled.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, RN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

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It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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