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Course: 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: Complications Resulting from Long Lie Times After a Fall

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.


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.

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).

Philips Healthcare Learning Center (ACE Approval Number 1176) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PHLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/19/2015 – 08/19/2018. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Author: Ms. Michelle Acorn
About the author:
  • As a Nurse Practitioner in Ontario, Canada, Michelle holds dual certification as a Primary Health Care and Adult Nurse Practitioner.  She has practiced for over twenty years and also holds nursing certifications in both emergency and geriatric care. For the past five years she has focused on caring for seniors and chronic disease management. She is also involved in complex continuing care and long-term care delivery. Michelle is passionate about her current work with the Nurse Practitioner–Led inter -professional SAFE Clinic (Specialized Assessment of the Frail Elderly) she was instrumental in developing.  The clinic evolved from a dedicated FALLS Clinic. Michelle holds academic cross appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She is President Elect for the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario who recently presented her with the Gerow Leadership Award./Nurse Practitioner of the Year.  Michelle practices out of the Lakeridge Health Corporation, currently at the Bowmanville and Port Perry sites.  

Sponsor and/or Accreditation: California Board of Registered Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 2.00
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: Commission for Case Manager Certification
Credits: 1.50
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: Florida Board of Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 1.50
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: Philips Lifeline
Credits: 0.00
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: National Association of Social Workers
Credits: 1.50
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
Credits: 2.00
Price: $0.00

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