Flashcard 5 - Respiratory Flashcard Set for the CCRN


The correct answer is:

prone position


Prone positioning may be used in patients with ARDS for up to 18-24 hours a day. This positioning allows for optimal respiratory function. Once the patient’s chest and pelvis are supported, the abdomen can move freely, allowing the patient’s diaphragm to expand posteriorly. This increases the patient’s functional residual capacity.

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