The Hospitalized Older Adult: Entering a Danger Zone - CMEZ533

The Hospitalized Older Adult: Entering a Danger Zone

by Annette Kelly, PhD, MSN, ARNP
(4.6 / 32 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


By 2035, a projected 78 million people will be 65 years and older compared to only 76.7 million under the age of 18. In 2050, those aged 85 and over are projected to account for 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, up from 2.5 percent in 2030. In the U.S. there are now 2.2 centenarians per 10,000 people; by 2050, there will by 9.7 centenarians per 10,000 in the US. As a result, nurses and other healthcare professionals will care for an increasing percentage of hospitalized older adults. Hospitalization for older adults poses unique hazards, including an increased risk for adverse events, such as falls, infections, delirium and a decline in functional ability. Older hospitalized patients want to maintain the ability to perform the activities of daily living, which are essential to independent living. Those who care for hospitalized older adults should know how to protect them from adverse events and how to maintain and maximize each patient’s functional status.


The goal of this continuing education course is to provide nurses and physicians with information about the risks older adults face when they are admitted to the hospital, and the role the healthcare team plays in reducing those risks. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify risks associated with the hospitalization of older adults.
  • State ways that healthcare professionals as a team can recognize and prevent adverse events in hospitalized older adults.
  • Describe research findings that have implications for improving care for the hospitalized older adult.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/17/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/9/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/9/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Nicole D - Clearwater, FL  ·  Apr 02, 2020
Very interesting and important for my DNP project.
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Randi T - Pearland, TX  ·  Mar 03, 2020
good course and test
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Latrice B - Olympia Fields, IL  ·  Aug 21, 2019
It was very informative and gave insight about the onset of delirium. And the impact hospitalizations can have on the older person's functionality.
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Angel J - HOUSTON, TX  ·  Jul 09, 2019
Great. Very informative
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Liana K - clarksburg, MD  ·  May 09, 2019
very professional cours
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Price: $15.00
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