At our teaching hosp in Texas, we rarely prone patients. To my knowledge of 14 yrs, we have only done it 2 or 3 times. This was without a Stryker frame; it took about 6 people to turn the patient and watch the lines; you can imagine the horror; I don't even remember now how the patient did! I think it would probably be good for the patients, but we need to have a written protocol and get a lot more practice. We seem to be very slow to try new things here. I have never seen a patient on ECMO or have never heard of prostacyclin nebs!
Last edit by burt on Apr 17, '03
Apr 18, '03 by mattsmom81
I know what ya mean Burt...while I know the huge hospitals in DFW do these cutting edge types of things, my little ol' ICU doesn't go there much either.
One reason I enjoy my agency shifts is I get some exposure to the latest high tech stuff then.
Prone positioning is ordered by a few select pulmonologists only and we have seen mixed results. And yes..it's a nightmare as we have to do it 'manually' too.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 1, '03