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go HOM! preventing the complications of immobility


Level: Beginner

Contact Hours: Contact hours are no longer offered for this course.


Pricing & Licensure

Single User License: $49

Single UNIT License: $395

  • A unit license covers all staff of a single inpatient unit of 0-30 Beds for the life of the course.

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Course Description

Rehab Nursing Series Course 7

Focus: Preventive Care Prevents Secondary Effects of Immobility

When we immobilize them, persons who are healthy rapidly lose function. So what happens to the body when there is injury or illness that causes a decrease in activity, weight bearing, and mobility?

Consistent and proactive effort is required to prevent complications of immobility. This course reinforces preventive care strategies that limit complications and promote better outcomes with an emphasis on those items that are now on the Joint Commission Never Events list (e.g. pressure ulcer and VTE development).


Course Chapters

Chapter 1 Effects of Immobility
Before you even consider the impact of injury and illness, it pays to learn what happens when a healthy person is placed on bed rest. When you understand the impact--affecting every system in the body--you quickly recognize that preventive care is urgently needed as soon as the patient is stable enough to tolerate it.

  • What really happens a person becomes inactive?

Chapter 2 Prevention of Complications
Are there preventive care strategies that should be part of routine rehab care? Yes, there are! And, you are likely aware of most of them--venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention, pressure ulcer prevention, prevention of aspiration pneumonia, and more.

  • What are the special issues associated with immobilization--of any type--positioning, hydration, and oxygenation that decrease the risk of complications from immobility?

  • Some of our patients will continue to have mobility restrictions for the rest of their lives. How do they manage this risk?

Chapter 3 Addressing Complications
Many patients admitted to rehab care are so ill or badly injured that disuse syndrome is already well developed by the time the patient is ready for rehab. This section reminds learners that they need to help their patients recover from disuse syndrome and to go home with habits that support continued vigilance in reducing the consequences of immobility.

  • Why is mobilization so important to recovering for preventing and recovering from the impact of being inactive?

Chapter 4 Posttest


Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in this activity, the learner will be able to pass the posttest with a score of 80% or better, demonstrating knowledge of:

  • The effects of prolonged immobility on the human body.

  • Strategies for addressing and preventing complications from immobility.


Contact hours no longer will be provided for this course after October 1, 2019.If you would like to provide contact hours for this course at your site, contact us at for the details of the Mergener formula.


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