Pressure Injury Outcomes of A Prone-Positioning Protocol in Patients with COVID and ARDS

Author(s): Connie Johnson, MSN, RN, WCC, LLE, OMS, DWC, Nicholas A. Giordano, PhD, RN, Lopa Patel, DNP, RN, Karyn A. Book, MSN, RN, Jennifer Mac, BSN, RN, CCRN, Janet Viscomi, MSN, RN, CCRN, April Em, PT, DPT, Anna Westrick, MD, Monika Koganti, MD, Mindaline Tanpiengco, BSN, RN, CCRN, Karen Sylvester, MSN, RN, CEN, and Kari A. Mastro, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jan 03, 2025

Topics: COVID-19, Patient Safety, Skin/Wound Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

During the COVID-19 outbreak, standard methods for treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome were used. One treatment method involves placing patients prone to improve oxygenation and reduce mortality risk. Challenges in preventing pressure injuries in patients placed prone are reported. This study explores the association between a certified wound and skin care nurse on a multiprofessional pronation team leading the care team and prevention of pressure injuries in COVID patients.


  • Identify typical locations of pressure injuries in patients who are placed in the prone position for prolonged periods.
  • Describe strategies aimed to mitigate pressure injuries in patients placed in the prone position.
  • Describe each of the multiprofessional team roles in prone positioning and pressure injury prevention.

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