Durable Medical Equipment in the Home

Durable Medical Equipment in the Home 

In this course, you will learn about durable medical equipment, commonly abbreviated DME, used in the home. Direct care workers in home care need to be able to work with durable medical equipment safely and effectively. This course defines DME, explains the various types of DME used in the home, describes the Safe Medical Act of 1990, identifies the process for procuring DME and sources of funding, and presents measures for appropriate and safe use of home DME.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.0000 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1729957

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Public Health (CNA)


Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-DMEH
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
List five examples of DME used in the home.
Recognize the home care requirements of the Safe Medical Device Act of 1990.
Describe the process for DME procurement and identify sources of reimbursement.
Demonstrate measures for safe and appropriate DME use in the home.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: DME in the Home

A. What is DME?

B. DME Categories

C. Review

D. Summary

Section 3: The Safe Medical Device Act of 1990

A. The Safe Medical Device Act

B. Medical Device Injury

C. Medical Device Hazards

D. Review

E. Summary

Section 4: Procuring DME for the Home

A. Procuring DME

B. Funding

C. Review

D. Summary

Section 5: Using DME Safely in the Home

A. The Medical Device Home Use Initiative

B. Adverse Events

C. Wheelchairs

D. Walking Canes

E. Proper Use of Canes

F. Walkers

G. Proper Use of Walkers

H. Crutches

I. Oxygen

J. Safety Measures

K. Hospital Beds

L. Other DME

M. Review

N. Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributor

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints."  Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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