blog | 03.14.24

Challenges of Patient Proning

Patient proning is a medical intervention often used in intensive care settings. For patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or other respiratory conditions, proning can be clinically beneficial. However, proning patients can also come with unique challenges that must be addressed in order to achieve clinical success. 


Proning requires careful positioning of the patient to ensure safety and effectiveness. Prolonged periods in the prone position may lead to discomfort, pressure injuries, and other complications. That is why the use of proper techniques and tools is crucial for mitigating any potential adverse effects while providing the clinical benefits of patient proning.


Positioning products play a crucial role in the process of proning, especially in critical care settings. These devices are designed to help safely and effectively position patients, particularly those with severe respiratory issues. Some positioning devices are customizable to fit the specific needs of a patient, which allows the caregiver to tailor their positioning to the unique needs of each patient.


While all positioners require careful consideration and regular assessment by the healthcare team, products that are self-molding and easily adjusted – such as Spry’s Flo-Lock positioner – are far more likely to drive compliance and result in clinical effectiveness.


Despite the unique challenges posed by patient proning, it has been shown to be a valuable intervention in certain clinical scenarios, particularly for improving oxygenation in patients with severe respiratory failure. As with any medical intervention, careful monitoring and assessment are essential to ensure the safety and efficacy of prone positioning in improving respiratory outcomes.