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Chemical Weapons in Hawaii: Applying the Knowledge


Approximately 21 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Chemical Weapons in Hawaii: Applying the Knowledge" is a modified version of a Problem-Based Learning(PBL) case previously completed by multidisciplinary groups of health care students and professionals. PBL is a process of self-directed learning through identification and research of issues relevant to particular disciplines. This particular case explores the questions and consequences evoked by a chemical weapons attack in the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Hawaii.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology with the aid of Dr. Seiji Yamada, Dr. Ed Kalinowski, and Megan Inada. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to take medical histories that identify symptoms associated with exposure to CBRNE agents
  2. Demonstrate the ability to rule out, when possible, or determine an accurate diagnosis of exposure to CBRNE agents

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify significant signs and symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of Sarin poisoning
  2. Select appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for dealing with a chemical weapons attack.

Target Audiences:

Physicians, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Emergency Medical Services personnel, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.