Nursing: More Than a Viral Illness: The Diagnosis and Management of Three Tick-Borne Diseases

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About the Course


Audience: This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of three tick-borne illnesses and is intended for the primary care clinician or clinicians looking to refresh and refine their knowledge of Lyme disease (LD), Powassan virus (POWV) and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). 

Course overview: This course will review the epidemiology, etiology, clinical presentation, work up and management of three tick-borne conditions increasing in prevalence around the United States: Lyme disease, Powassan virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This course will help readers distinguish between these tick-borne diseases and viral illness or erythematous rashes. Additionally, the course will review post-Lyme disease syndromes, treatment of Lyme disease co-infections and prevention of tick attachment. 

Learning objectives:  

  • Identify the components of history and exam which differentiate Lyme disease, Powassan virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever from viral illness.
  • State the rationale behind the two-step testing process for Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Counsel patients on prevention of tick attachment, removal of ticks and management of tick bites in the absence of vector-borne disease symptoms.
  • Explain the current evidence supporting and refuting post-Lyme disease syndromes to colleagues and patients.
  • Summarize the evidence for early doxycycline treatment for treating RMSF in children with intent to spread knowledge to other clinicians about this potentially fatal diagnosis and importance of early and appropriate management.

About the Author

Angela Hasler, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC 

About the author: Angela grew up in the Northeast, spending her summers camping and exploring around the woods of New England. She remembers frequently checking for ticks, wearing long sleeves and pants in the hot summer weather and more than once finding ticks crawling on her clothing. Angela later attended Yale School of Nursing in Connecticut - not far from the community where Lyme was originally discovered. Angela specialized in primary care and tick-borne diseases were a concern among patients of all ages.

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