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Prone positioning involves turning a patient onto their chest. This may sound like a straightforward task. However, clinicians appreciate that this can be a complex, labour-intensive manoeuvre that can put both patients and caregivers at risk.
Patients often spend up to 16 hours out of every 24-hour period in the prone position⁵. Such lengthy sessions are associated with an increased risk of pressure injury.⁶
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