Prone Positioning in Patients With COVID-19 and Non–COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Author(s): Albert J. Shin, DNP, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, Dong Sung An, MD, PhD, Nancy Jo Bush, DNP, RN, MA, AOCN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2026

Topics: Pulmonary

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Patients critically ill with COVID-19 develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and may undergo prone positioning. Literature suggests that early prone positioning benefits oxygenation and mortality rates. Our 5-year retrospective medical record review found that fewer patients with ARDS received prone positioning before the COVID-19 pandemic than during the pandemic. The pandemic brought prone positioning procedures and evidence-based practice to the forefront of nursing skills.


  • Discuss implications for clinical practice and research for prone positioning.
  • Analyze how to incorporate findings of this project into your unit practice.
  • Discuss the value of early prone positioning for your critically ill ARDS patients.

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