Little Tick Bite, Big Problem: Lyme Disease

Pharmacy Tech CEU
Contact Hours: 2.0 (0.2 CEUs)

Course Summary

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease and the sixth most common notifiable infectious disease in the United States. Lyme disease is a vector-borne zoonotic disease that is usually transmitted by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by ticks of the genus Ixodes. Generally associated with a tick bite lasting 36 hours or more and closely associated with erythema migrans, this infectious disease is rarely fatal but often causes symptoms including arthralgias, arthritis, central nervous system complications, and a variety of other problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous professional organizations have developed guidelines for prophylaxis and treatment. Ample information is available to help individuals who wish to avoid tick bites, successfully remove ticks, access testing, or receive treatment. Pharmacy staff are apt to encounter many of these individuals and can be excellent healthcare resources.

Course Objectives

List the prevalence of and risk factors for Lyme disease

Recognize Lyme disease’s signs, symptoms, and more serious manifestations

Describe prophylaxis and treatment options in Lyme disease’s various stages

Use good patient engagement techniques to ensure optimal outcomes in patients who suspect they have Lyme disease

I. Introduction

II. History of Lyme Disease

III. Reservoirs and Transmission

IV. Epidemiology and Burden of Disease

V. Risk Factors for Lyme Disease

VI. Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

A. Early Disseminated Disease
B. Late Disease

VII. Diagnosis

VIII. Prevention

IX. Prophylaxis and Treatment

A. Antibiotic Prophylaxis
B. Treatment

X. Implications for Pharmacy Teams

XI. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo and Jeannette Y. Wick have no conflicts of interest or financial relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships or commercial or financial support relevant to this activity to report or disclose by or any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacy Tech
  • Contact Hours: 2.0 (0.2 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 3/12/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 3/12/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-025-H01-T
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1182948





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