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Prolonged Complete Immobility - Prevention and Treatment

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

The human body thrives on movement and suffers when movement is not possible. A patient who cannot move is at risk for developing serious complications that require complex care. Complete and prolonged immobility can cause serious health problems and deteriorating health, including serious complications. Some of the more common and important complications include pressure sores, venous thrombi, bone loss and muscle wasting, contractures and lung infections and pulmonary complications. Preventive care is vital to avoid these conditions from developing. Prevention is far more effective than treating the condition after it has developed.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Prolonged and Complete Immobility
  • Sedentary Lifestyle and Inactivity
  • Causes of Prolonged and Complete Immobility
  • Complications of Prolonged And Complete Immobility
  • Prolonged Immobility
  • Prevention and Complications

Learning Objectives

  • Identify prolonged, complete immobility and its complications.
  • Identify the causes and preventions of pressure sores.
  • Identify causes and treatments for complications in immobile patients, such as venous thrombosis, contractures, and lung infections.
  • Describe the primary cause of bone and muscle loss in this patient population.
  • Describe the CNA’s role in detection, prevention, and treatment of complications associated with prolonged immobility.


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