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Keywords

acute respiratory distress syndrome, prone positioning, RotoProne bed

 

Authors

  1. Laux, Lori RN, MSN
  2. McGonigal, Michelle RN, MSN
  3. Thieret, Terri RN
  4. Weatherby, Laurie RN, MSN

Abstract

The care of a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome is complex. The nurse must not only concentrate on the physical demands of the patient but also on the emotional demands of the patient and family. Understanding the disease process can aid the nurse in understanding the treatment options including the use of prone positioning for this patient population.