Discuss how prone positioning can be used to improve oxygenation in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation for management of hypoxemic respiratory failure. Step-by-step instructions for prone positioning intubated and nonintubated patients are also available.
- Prone Positioning Procedure: Alert, Nonintubated Patient
- Prone Positioning Procedure: Intubated Patient
Clinicians demonstrating the transition to prone ventilation are not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). As the transition to prone ventilation requires disconnection of the patient from a mechanical ventilator, this must be considered an aerosol-generating procedure which requires full PPE and a respirator mask (N95 or equivalent) to safely perform this task.