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The Fatal Five Advanced

Description

The Fatal Five Advanced Course was designed for clinicians. It covers each Fatal Five item with greater depth with an eye to precise signs and symptoms and greater stress on health and safety repercussions. It stresses how to train staff on each item and how to help staff act as a set of eyes and ears so that health issues can be reported clearly as they happen.

Approximate Length of Course: 6 hours 30 minutes


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.

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.

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.

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 be 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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