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Prone Position in ARDS

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Course Overview

Prone Position in ARDS
Morgan Curry

Author: Chelsea McCracken

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a rapidly progressive and often fatal condition with a mortality of >50%. ARDS is encountered by nurses in all hospitals settings- from small rural hospitals to large urban centers. Patients may quickly become too unstable for transport, therefore it is imperative that nurses are familiar with ARDS therapies, including prone positioning. In this module we will discuss ARDS and the use of prone positioning in depth.

Course Outline

    1. What is ARDS, and Why Do We Care So Much?
    2. Pathophysiology Breakdown: The Exudative Phase
    3. Pathophysiology Breakdown: The Proliferative Phase
    4. Pathophysiology Breakdown: The Fibrotic Stage
    5. How Steroids Can Alter the Progression of ARDS
    6. Case Study: Patient Introduction
    7. Case Study: Physical Exam
    8. Diagnosing ARDS – The Berlin Criteria
    9. Case Study: Early Results
    10. What Do We Do With the Ventilator in ARDS?: ARDSNet Protocol
    11. Part I: Ventilator Setup and Management
    12. Part II: Weaning
    13. Case Study: Ventilator Management
    14. Prone Positioning: What Is It and Why Are We Doing It?
    15. When To Initiate Prone Positioning
    16. Prone Positioning: How Long and How It’s Done
    17. Proning: The Process of Placing a Patient in Prone Position
    18. Case Study: Proning
    19. Case Study: Resolution
    20. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss ARDS and the use of prone positioning. It will take the average learner 240 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic pathophysiology of ARDS and the diagnostic criteria.
  2. Identify cornerstone therapies for ARDS and how to implement them.
  3. Explain the role of prone positioning in ARDS, including the indications and contra-indications.


Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: March 01, 2019

Course Renewed on: February 28, 2022

Course Expires on: February 28, 2025

Course Offering: #4