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Continuing Education Information

7 Continuing Education Units for nurses from an ANCC accredited provider.

Certificates are automatically delivered at the end of the course upon successful completion of the post-test and survey.

This activity has been approved for 7 contact hours of nursing continuing education by the Ohio Board of Nursing approver unit of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities – Provider Number:  OBN-010-93.

Nursing CEUs from an ANCC accredited provider are accepted by all 50 U.S. state nursing boards and every U.S. territory. Our CEUs from the Ohio Board of Nursing are ANCC accredited.  

IntellectAbility collaborated with the University of Georgia and Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, with guidance from the Department of Justice, to produce a series of eLearn courses discussing the Fatal Five conditions considered preventable causes of death in people with IDD. The Fatal Five Advanced Course is appropriate for Clinical Support Staff to Nurse Practitioners in need of CEUs. This online course is part of our comprehensive spectrum of developmental disabilities training resources, and includes targeted training for staff working with intellectually or developmentally disabled adults and children.

About the Fatal Five Advanced Course

This self-paced eLearn course is 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.

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. 

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. 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:




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About IntellectAbility

Health and wellness thrive in the absence of uncertainty, misinformation, and risk. While this is true for everyone in every stage of life, it is particularly true for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Understanding this is vital for those entrusted to support people in living lives they love.

This is what inspired us to create the first and most comprehensive suite of risk resolution and learning tools for professional supporters: tools that empower, educate and inform those responsible for protecting, maintaining and restoring health, wholeness and a good quality of life for people with IDD.

Essentially, we support those who support others. 

IntellectAbility educates and empowers support teams, administrators and clinicians with necessary and proven tools for early risk detection replacing risk with health and wellness. This is why IntellectAbility is the most trusted, leading authority and resource in the field.

Our mission is more than risk reduction. It’s replacing risk with life. 

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What You’ll Gain

Being aware of the Fatal Five fundamentals is critical for providing adequate support and for appropriately targeting treatment needs. While this eLearning course will assist all agency staff, it is intended for training clinical support staff to Nurse Practitioners in the care of adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Through this course, agency staff and caregivers are empowered to rapidly spot the top five conditions linked to preventable deaths of persons in congregate care settings or in community-based residential settings, and to take appropriate action.

Students can move at their own pace while exploring videos, interactive exercises and visual aids. To assist in training, this course features content designed to engage the student while improving learning retention.

Targeted Learning

Self-paced eLearning designed to give clinical support staff to Nurse Practitioners insight into the unique health risks of those with IDD.

Helping Those With IDD

We provide tools and training to those who support people with vulnerabilities helping them replace risk with health and wellness.

Empowering Agency Staff

Designed to empower agency staff of all educational levels to observe, make informed decisions and take preventive action.

Synopsis by Module


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:

Bowel Obstruction

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:


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:


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:


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:


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:

When to Act

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:

Real student feedback

“I would definitely recommend this training to my direct support staff.“ M.C.

“This training is significant for health care providers, but equally significant to direct care workers, families, caregivers.” L.C.

“Wish a lot more people knew about this training. I will be passing it on.” S.P.

“I think this program is excellent and think all people in leadership should have to complete this training. It has broadened my scope of concerns. I know better how to watch for health care signals and to care better for clients. I have taken this every year and hope that more people will take advantage of this training.” R.M.

“Our staff enjoyed this training. Very thorough and engaging. Would highly recommend to others in our unique caregiving position.” F.C.

“This program was perfect for our team and I’ve shared with a few colleagues as well. We feel more confident and the training helped our support staff understand ways to provide our clients with a better level of care.” H.G.

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