Using In Situ Simulation to Develop a Prone Positioning Protocol for Patients With ARDS

Author(s): Jessica Montanaro, MSN, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Feb 01, 2024

Topics: COVID-19, Pulmonary, Quality Improvement

Role: Educator, Staff

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Activity Summary

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This article describes the process that was undertaken by an interdisciplinary critical care team to create an evidence-based, step-by-step protocol for manual prone positioning, using in situ simulation for protocol development.


  • Describe prone positioning as an effective front-line treatment for ARDS.
  • Evaluate barriers for using prone positioning.
  • List systematic approaches for developing a manual prone protocol.

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