online Course

The Fatal Five Advanced

  • 7 CEU Credit Hours
  • Duration: 4-6hrs
  • online
  • How to spot the fatal five & how to report them
  • Real-world scenarios and how to handle them.
  • Over 200 interactive questions to ensure the learner's knowledge

Description:

HRS collaborated with the University of Georgia and Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, with guidance from the Department of Justice, to produce The Fatal Five eLearn courses. These online courses address specific conditions and needs for adults with developmental disabilities, including targeted training topics for direct support professionals.

Working with individuals with disabilities requires insight into their unique health risks. These self-paced eLearning courses are filled with videos, interactive exercises and visual aids to assist in training for developmental disabilities services, with content designed to constantly engage the student and improve data retention. The result is a student of any educational level who can feel empowered to observe, make informed decisions and take action.

What Are the Fatal Five Conditions?

The Fatal Five (previously the Fatal Four) refers to the top five disorders linked to preventable deaths of persons in congregate care settings or in community-based residential settings. These eLearning courses are intended for clinicians and other caretakers who require knowledge on the Fatal Five fundamentals in order to provide appropriate care.

While the issues can differ in order of frequency depending on the population being represented, the five conditions most likely to result in death or health deterioration for persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities are:

  1. Aspiration
  2. Bowel Obstruction
  3. Dehydration
  4. Seizures
  5. Infection

For the purposes of non-clinical staff, infection is focused on since one cannot develop sepsis without an infection. Clinical staff will keep an eye out for sepsis while non-clinicians should focus on preventing and treating infections.

What You’ll Gain

These eLearning courses are intended to assist both clinical and non-clinical staff in the care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Being aware of the Fatal Five is critical for providing adequate care and for appropriately targeting treatment needs. Learn more about the specific modules below, and gain the education you need for better support.

Synopsis by Module

Aspiration

Module Length: 55 Minutes

The Aspiration Advanced module covers this very dangerous condition in great depth and how a clinician can spot and put in place supports to reduce its risks. Subjects covered include lung sounds, aspiration pneumonia and the many signs of symptoms of aspiration.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic structures and functions of the respiratory tract.
  • Learn what aspiration is.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.

 

Bowel Obstruction

Module Length: 43 Minutes

The Bowel Obstruction Advanced module covers the causes, dangers and outcomes of constipation, fecal impactions and bowel obstructions. It covers the warning signs that a clinician can use and help their support staff keep an eye out for so that the risks associated with these conditions can be prevented.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic structures and functions of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract.
  • Recognize both healthy and unhealthy bowel function.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.

 

Dehydration

Module Length: 55 Minutes

The Dehydration Advanced module discusses the many signs and symptoms of dehydration and how you as a clinician can help your support staff prevent this condition in those you serve.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Define dehydration and develop an understanding of individual fluid needs.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of dehydration.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.

 

Sepsis

Module Length: 49 Minutes

A diagnosis of sepsis gives you a 1 in 3 chance of survival. Thus, this module includes not only the diagnostic criteria for this condition but focuses on those signs and symptoms that precede it. Starting from the initial infection to what nurses and direct care staff will see as the person becomes septic. Most importantly, this module details what action should be taken as the person’s condition degrades.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Define Sepsis.
  • Identify when Sepsis may be occurring.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.

 

Seizures

Module Length: 50 Minutes

The Seizures Advanced module discusses the two major classifications of seizures and the individual seizure types that are most often encountered in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Also covered are some general strategies and protocols that are used when supporting those with a seizure condition.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify different types of seizures.
  • Define why observation and documentation of seizure activity is so important.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.

 

GERD

Module Length: 46 Minutes

The GERD Advanced module discusses gastroesophageal reflux disease in great detail. It covers its causes and symptoms. It covers many remedial actions, including medicinal, positioning, types of food and when a person should eat.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of GERD.
  • Identify management strategies.
  • Confidently act when potential problems are identified.
 

When to Act

Module Length: 1 Hour 8 Minutes

Knowing When to Act includes an in-depth discussion of nursing in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also covers several common issues adjacent to the main Fatal Five. These include the cardiovascular, endocrine and integumentary systems, behavior issues and falls.

After this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the standard nursing process and how it relates to persons with IDD.
  • Become familiar with common urgent medical conditions that may by displayed by persons with IDD.
  • Be confident of when to act in an urgent situation and when to teach about the possibility of an urgent situation.

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