Avoiding That Critical Break: Challenges with the Hip Fracture Patient

Avoiding That Critical Break: Challenges with the Hip Fracture Patient

Course Expiration Date: 5/31/19

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course will provide participants with a broader understanding of hip fractures, nursing care, complications and prevention of complications associated with hip fractures.


Instructor: Kerrie Roberson MBA, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, DHA(c); Mary Hellen Lezan, MS, BSN, RN, BS and Paige L. Nelson, BSN-RN, CNOR

Target Audience: Registered Nurses and other interested healthcare providers

Length of Course: 1 hour

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the anatomy of the hip.
2. Discuss the basics of pathological and traumatic hip fractures.
3. Describe the treatment options and outcomes for subcapital, trochanteric and suptrochanteric fractures.
4. Discuss the principles of fixation types including inter and extra medullary fixation.
5. Identify the indications for performing a THA in hip fracture.
6. Describe the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative nursing care needed for the hip fractures population.
7. Describe common complications including: pain, hydration, decreased mobility, foley catheter, embolism, and wound infections.
8. Discuss prevention strategies for above mentioned complications.

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1 contact hour

Upstate AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.1 CEUs (1 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


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