Bioterrorism: The Laboratory's Role and Response (by LabCE)

1.5 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 1,721 customer ratings)

Garland E. Pendergraph, PhD, JD, MLS(ASCP)SM, HCLD/CC(ABB)

Course provided by LabCE.

This course addresses the threat of bioterrorism and what clinical laboratories and laboratorians can do to be prepared. The course covers major biological and chemical agents (including their warning signs and symptoms) and the laboratory's role in the nationwide system for detecting these agents. The emphasis of the course is not on fear but on responsible action that can save lives in the unlikely event of a terrorist act.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-039-16, approved through 4/30/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-547595, approved through 9/1/2018


  • Discuss the working definition of terrorism.
  • Identify the critical agents that might be suspect for a biological or chemical terrorism event and some of the clinical manifestations caused by the highest priority agents.
  • Outline the clinical laboratory’s response in a biological or chemical terrorist alert and know what you can do to protect yourself and others.
  • Summarize what you can do at work and in your community regarding preparedness, response, and determent of a possible act of terrorism.

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Course Outline

  • Terrorism Defined
      • Terrorism Defined
      • What Constitutes Terrorism?
      • Terrorism Targets
      • Types of Terrorism
  • Biological Agents
      • Biological Agents
      • Categories of Biological Agents
      • Category A
      • Category A Agents
      • Category B
      • Category B Agents
      • Category B Agents in Food and Water
      • Category C
      • Category C Agents
  • Recognizing Biological Agents as WMDs
      • Recognizing Biological Agents as WMDs
      • Agent: Smallpox (Virus)
      • Agent: Anthrax (Bacterium)
      • Agent: Pneumonic plague (Bacterium)
      • Agent: Botulism (bacterium)
      • Agent: Tularemia (bacterium)
      • Agent: Viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and Argentine)
      • Why Biological Agents Would be Chosen as WMDs
      • Why Biological Agents Would be Chosen as WMDs (cont.)
      • Why Biological Agents Would Not Be Chosen as WMDs
  • Laboratory Response
      • Laboratory Response
      • The LRN Pyramid
      • Sentinel Labs
      • Reference Labs
      • National Labs
      • Laboratory Response - Chemical
      • Laboratory Response - Chemical, Level 3
      • Laboratory Response - Chemical, Level 2
      • Laboratory Response - Chemical, Level 1
  • Your Response
      • Your Response
    • At Work
      • Your Response – At Work
      • Physical Security
      • Electronic Security
      • Suspicious Packages or Envelopes
      • Suspicious Packages or Envelopes (continued)
      • What do I do if I find a suspicious package?
      • Responding to an Alarm
      • Be Prepared
      • The Fear Factor in Bioterrorism
      • What You Can Do to Prevent Panic
    • Beyond the Workplace
      • Your Response - Beyond the Workplace
      • Be Aware
      • General Preparedness in Your Home
      • General Preparedness in Your Community
    • What If?
      • What if...?
      • What if: Dirty Bomb Attack
      • In Case of a Dirty Bomb Attack
      • What if: Chemical Attack
      • In Case of a Chemical Attack
      • What if: Biological Attack
      • In Case of a Biological Attack
      • Final Remarks
  • Additional Information
      • Additional Information

Additional Information

Intended Audience: clinical laboratory science students and medical technologists and technicians seeking review or continuing education opportunities. It is also appropriate medical students, pathology residents, and pathologists.
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Author Credentials: Garland E. Pendergraph, PhD, JD, MLS(ASCP)SM, HCLD/CC(ABB) is Laboratory Director & Director of Laboratory Operations, Quest Diagnostics-Valdosta RRL. Dr. Pendergraph is the laboratory director for Quest Diagnostics in Valdosta, GA and Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, GA. Dr. Pendergraph received his MSPH from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, his PhD in medical parasitology and mycology from the University of  North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his law degree with a concentration in health care law from Concord Law School, Kaplan University. He also did a Fellowship in Tropical Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is the author of a textbook in phlebotomy, a number of scientific articles, plus internet training programs. Dr. Pendergraph serves on the advisory committee for medical technology program at Thomas University. He is licensed as a laboratory director in the States of Georgia and Florida.

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