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Prolonged and Complete Immobility: Complications and Care

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN

Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Beginner

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

The human body is designed to move, and physical activity is essential for our health. Without movement our bodies are susceptible to a wide variety of illnesses and pathologies that are directly caused by immobility. The human body thrives on movement and it suffers when movement is not possible. As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you will certainly be responsible for providing care to clients who are immobile and who are likely to be so for a long time. This module will discuss the causes and complications of prolonged, complete immobility, and the therapies used for preventing and treating complications of prolonged, complete immobility.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • What is Prolonged and Complete Immobility?
  • Complications of Prolonged and Complete Immobility
  • Preasure Sores
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Lung Infections and Pulmonary Complications
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Loss of Muscle Strength and Muscle Tissue
  • Contractures
  • Bone Loss
  • Sensory and Social Deprivation
  • Prolonged Immobility - Care of the Patient and Prevention of Complications

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the correct definition of prolonged, complete immobility.
  • Identify the three causes of pressure sores.
  • Identify two potential causes of venous thrombosis in this patient population.
  • Identify a potential cause of lung infections in this patient population.
  • Identify a treatment used to prevent contractures.


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