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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 the stomach with their limbs unextended. An acutely unwell patient 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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Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, nurses of all clinical areas may be considered to work in high acuity areas such as critical care environments (DoH 2020). General nurses will be working alongside critical care trained nurses and may need to assist in the care of a patient who may be in a prone position.

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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.
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Kerrie Ellis
25 Apr 2020
an interesting article
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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
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Diane O'Connor
13 Jun 2020
Very informative
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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.
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Susan McLaren
28 Apr 2020
This article is very relevant to the treatment of patients in some intensive care areas with COVID-19 infections
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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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Melissa Ferguson
29 Apr 2020
Very informative
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