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Module: Complications Resulting from Long Lie Times After a Fall

Course Category Listing: Healthcare Professionals, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Philips Lifeline, Philips
Lifeline Employees, Philips Lifeline LPM / LCOM, Social Workers, Specialized Lifeline Education and Development
Module Description:
Audience: Select Health Care Professionals
Prerequisites: None
Skill Level: Suitable for Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced practitioners

Falls in older adults have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. Close to 50 percent of older adults can’t get up from a fall without help. Lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications including pressure ulcers, rhabdomyolysis, pneumonia, hypothermia, dehydration, and even death. The first line of defense in falls safety is to prevent falls, but the reality is not all falls can be prevented. The second line of defense is to prevent long lie times after the fall which can lead to these serious health complications which negatively impact the quality of life for seniors and are costly to the healthcare system. This presentation describes the complications that can result from long lie times after a fall. A healthcare professional will be able to use the information in their conversation with older adults to help them understand the importance of having a plan to get up safely after a fall and to have a way to call for quick assistance.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss the statistics on the incidence and prevalence of falls and their impact on seniors.
  2. Review the physiologic changes of aging that predispose an older adult to falls.
  3. Identify screening tools for falls history and risk identification.
  4. Discuss the serious health consequences than can result from long lie times after a fall.
  5. Explain the benefits of preventing long lie times for older adults and their caregivers.
  6. Discuss the role of health care professionals and organizations in falls prevention and preventing long lie times.

This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at


Philips Healthcare Learning Center (PHLC) is approved as a provider (provider number 6171) for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Target Audience: Occupational Therapists. Content Level: Intermediate. Domain of OT: Performance Skills. Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 2.0 Contact Hours. It is the responsibility of the licensee to retain all copies of Certificates of Attendance for a period of at least 4 years.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-1191) for 1.5 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-271854.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 2.0 Contact Hours. Expires 12/31/18.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider 886492219) for 1.5 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

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