I'm doing my thesis on prone positioning ARDS pts and would appreciate some feedback
Does your unit routinely prone pts??
Do you have a written procedure on how to prone pts?
I have proned some pts with favorable results and would like to get a general idea how other nurses see proning patients
Thanks for any discussion
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
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