What is the value of prone positioning in mechanical ventilation?

Updated: Apr 11, 2019
  • Author: Christopher D Jackson, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Prone positioning has been used in patients with ARDS and severe hypoxia and improves FRC, postural drainage of secretions, and ventilation-perfusion matching. Moving the intubated patient from the supine position to the prone position requires a coordinated effort from the nursing staff, respiratory therapists, and physicians to prevent inadvertent extubation or loss of various lines and tubes. Prone positioning may improve oxygenation in greater than 50% of such patients, but no survival benefit has been documented.


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