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ZANCHETTA, Flavia Cristina et al. Nursing care and prone position: Integrative review. av.enferm. [online]. 2022, vol.40, suppl.1, pp.37-51.  Epub Feb 20, 2023. ISSN 0121-4500.


To explore within scientific literature the current nursing care practices or interventions for patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) submitted to prone positioning.

Content synthesis:

Integrative review carried out in Pubmed, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science and LILACS databases from September 2020 to January 2022, with no time cutting, addressing the question: What are the nursing care practices for patients with SARS and placed under prone positioning? A total of 15 articles were selected from the database search. After analysis, it was observed that the care provided by nursing professionals could be categorized in body alignment to prevent neuromuscular injuries, care with various equipment, cutaneous care, and neurological recommendations.


Nurses must acknowledge the implications and complications of keeping a patient in the prone position. Such awareness will allow decision making in the development or follow-up of institutional protocols that contribute to risk prevention and that will result in better outcomes for patients.

Keywords : Prone Position; Nursing Care; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; Nursing Care (source: Decs, BIREME).

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