Pertussis (also known as “whooping cough”) is a respiratory tract infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is a highly contagious disease that predominantly impacts children.

In this episode you’ll learn the key things you know about pertussis:

  • Pertussis pathophysiology and stages of disease
  • The pertussis vaccine
  • Complications of pertussis
  • Signs and symptoms of pertussis
  • Key nursing assessments for a patient with pertussis
  • Tests that will be ordered
  • Treatments for pertussis
  • Important patient education information

To learn more about respiratory distress in children, listen to Episode 140.

And, to dive into ECMO, you can read more about it here.

Read the article Pertussis Basics for Nursing Students and view references here.

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