Head-Of-Bed Elevation and Early Outcomes of Gastric Reflux, Aspiration, and Pressure Ulcers

Author(s): Marilyn Schallom, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, Betsy Dykeman, RN, BSN, Norma Metheny, RN, PhD, John Kirby, MD, and Janet Pierce, PhD, APRN, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2019

Topics: Pulmonary, Skin/Wound Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Guidelines recommending head of bed (HOB) elevation greater than 30º to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia conflict with guidelines to prevent pressure ulcers, which recommend HOB elevation less than 30º.


  • Describe the risks and benefits of head-of-bed elevation.
  • Identify the findings at 30° and 45° head-of-bed elevation.
  • Discuss the early outcomes regarding head-of-bed elevation.

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