Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Treatment and nursing of patients placed in prone position]

KISS Eszter

DECEMBER 30, 2018

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2018;31(06)

[Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a medical condition characterized by a high mortality rate. ARDS may be triggered by various pathologies such as sepsis and can have a significant impact on the overall outcome of primary disease. Prone positioning as a supportive strategy in the treatment of ARDS that has been investigated  since 1974. Lying face down has become more and more popular because it might have helped to improve oxygenisation in 70 percent of patients with ARDS. Occurence of ARDS did not change in the last 10 years in Europe and the syndrome is still associated with a quite high death rate between 40-50% despite of technologic and therapeutic improvement of last decades. It has already been investigated whether prone positioning may increase survival in patients with ARDS. However, approaches to the exact use of position are often occasional. Guideline development would be crucial to emphasize beneficial effect of prone positioning in patients suffering from ARDS and describe the process by which the manoeuvre may be performed. Primarily, it is substantial to improve oxygenation through the use of the prone position whilst promoting patient safety. Complications can be minimized by using a predefined strategy of placing patients in a prone position and a related checklist. ]

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