Awake Self–Prone Positioning: Implementation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author(s): Karen A. Allicock, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Danielle Coyne, MSN, RN-BC, Anna N. Garton, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN, SCRN, Erin C. Hare, MSN, CCRN, Maureen A. Seckel, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2023

Topics: COVID-19, MultiSystem

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 pandemic, many hospitalized patients developed severe hypoxemic respiratory failure. Prone positioning is a known evidence-based therapeutic intervention for acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS. Several publications early on during COVID-19 suggested awake self-prone positioning (ASPP) as an intervention where alert patients could be directed to safely prone themselves and improve their oxygenation early during their hypoxemic respiratory failure. Patients undergoing ASPP could not only be cared for in an ICU but also in non-ICU units.


  • Identify three patient criterion for awake self-prone positioning in a patient with COVID-19.
  • Analyze two barriers to awake self-prone positioning compliance in a patient population with COVID-19.
  • List two important caveats to be aware of when implementing a new therapeutic intervention with rapidly evolving evidence during a pandemic.

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