Nursing Management of Prone Positioning in Patients With COVID-19

Author(s): Filippo Binda, MSN, CCRN, Federica Marelli, MSN, CCRN, Alessandro Galazzi, MSN, CCRN, Riccardo Pascuzzo, PhD Ileana Adamini, MSN, CCRN, Dario Laquintana, MSN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2024

Topics: COVID-19, Pulmonary, Quality Improvement

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Role: Educator, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Patients with COVID-19 present with pneumonia, which is a specific disease with distinctive features such as severe hypoxemia and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. In this phase, deep sedation and administration of neuromuscular blocking agents are considered to facilitate mechanical ventilation. Patients with COVID-19 who require endotracheal intubation can be placed in the prone position, which promotes more homogenous aeration of the lungs and improves oxygenation. The aim of this quality improvement report is to describe the extensive use of prone positioning as treatment for patients with ARDS and COVID-19 in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, a specialized center in Milan, Italy, that was designated as the coordinating hub of ICUs throughout Lombardy, leading the region’s response to the outbreak.


  • Identify a critically ill patient with respiratory failure who is eligible for prone positioning.
  • List all clinical activities necessary to prepare the patient before the pronation maneuver.
  • Demonstrate the correct head and limb positions to prevent the risk of neural tissue injury.

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