When prone positioning is adopted, caregivers face challenges in preventing pressure injuries to their patients due to³:
- A lack of subcutaneous fat and protection over weightbearing pressure points.
- Prolonged tissue loading with prone sessions of 16 hours or more a day.
- High levels of skin moisture.
- Increased shear and friction during repositioning
A support surface can provide pressure redistribution, microclimate management, and other therapeutic functions which help reduce the risk of patients developing pressure injuries in the prone position.