Prone Positioning of the Burn Patient with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Review of the Evidence and Practical Considerations

Brandon Oto, Rowena I. Orosco, Elizabeth Panter, Rama Velamuri, Anuradha Kar, Julie Caffrey

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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a common sequela of severe burns and inhalation injury. The massive inflammatory reaction that follows deep burn injury, compounded by episodes of sepsis and organ dysfunction, predisposes patients to the development of ARDS. Prone positioning as a means of improving gas exchange has shown benefit in refractory cases of ARDS, but it is not well described in the burn population. We present a case report of a patient with severe ARDS who underwent prone positioning, review the relevant literature, and provide a discussion of practical concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 20 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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