Flashcard 5 - Respiratory Flashcard Set for the CCRN

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The correct answer is:

prone position


Explanation:

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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