Preventing Pressure Injuries During Prone Positioning for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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Cynthia Fine, MSN, RN, CRRN

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is defined as respiratory failure not fully explained by cardiac failure or fluid overload.1 ARDS affects approximately 200,000 patients per year. It is responsible for 3.6 million inpatient days and nearly 75,000 deaths annually.2 Prone position (PP) significantly improves survival as well as reduces hospital length of stay when implemented for ARDS patients (PROSEVA Trial).3,4 PP of mechanically ventilated patients is challenging; complications such as endotracheal extubation, central catheter displacement, pressure injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries to staff are described in literature.4

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