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Chemical Agents: Blood Agents


Approximately 7 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Chemical Agents: Blood Agents" is designed to give a brief overview of the mechanism of action for cyanide-based blood agents, the effects of cyanide-based blood agent exposure, and treatment for cyanide-based blood agent exposure, as well as treatment side effects and considerations for healthcare providers.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response 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. List the major classes of chemical agents associated with potential terrorist activity and describe their routes of exposure, associated illnesses, and treatments
  2. Knowledge of the pharmaceutics and pharmaceuticals used to combat CBRNE agents.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the mechanism of action for cyanide-based blood agents.
  2. Describe the effects of cyanide-based blood agent exposure.

Target Audiences:

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