Caring for a Patient in Prone Position

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The prone position is a body position in which the patient lies flat on their stomach with their limbs unextended. Prone ventilation is the delivery of ventilation to a patient in this position.

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Mechanical ventilation is usually delivered with the patient in the supine position, however, a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may be manoeuvred into the prone position to assist with oxygenation when other traditional or advanced modes of ventilation have not been successful.


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Ann Barber
23 Apr 2020
Good overall knowledge and understanding of this subject, and so I can better support family members as to why their loved one may be nursed this way.
Kerrie Ellis
25 Apr 2020
an interesting article
Maggie Sullivan
20 Apr 2023
Very interesting
Michael Poots
25 Apr 2020
Succinct explanation of resident care
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Sikha Nyoni
03 May 2020
Very relavent to my practice with ventilation Well explained and simple to understand
Diane O'Connor
13 Jun 2020
Very informative
Carol cheng
25 Apr 2020
Very interesting, and that we may need to do CPR on back when pt coded until more hands to turn to supine position.
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Debra Smith
23 Apr 2020
An excellent resource that is interesting.
Susan McLaren
28 Apr 2020
This article is very relevant to the treatment of patients in some intensive care areas with COVID-19 infections
Debbie Mullens
31 Jul 2020
Is a great subject with relevant information for all nurses. I've learned things I never knew
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