Risks for caregivers
Manually moving a patient into the prone position can be labour-intensive with each turn demanding a coordinated effort.
In addition to this, up to a third of ICU patients suffer from obesity¹. So, if the right equipment is unavailable the manoeuvre may take up to eight caregivers to manually turn the patient to or from a prone position.
Caregivers can often find themselves adopting awkward postures (reaching, bending, twisting) as they carry out the manoeuvre in a confined, crowded bed space while protecting vital invasive lines and ventilation tubing. This, of course, puts them at risk of injury.