COVID-19, Supporting aids for turning of patients 

Prone positioning has been used for many years to improve oxygenation in patients who require mechanical ventilatory support for the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

In adult patients with severe ARDS, prone ventilation for 12–16 hours per day is recommended* However, the manoeuvre is not risk-free and from a patient handling perspective work-related injuries is one obvious risk for the carers. About one-half (48 percent) of nurses, and an even higher proportion of radiology technicians (58 percent), have experienced chronic pain that they associate with moving, lifting, or repositioning patients**

*Clinical publication from WHO; Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 is suspected
**AFT Healthcare report by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc.


Further challenges when turning patients
For the patient there is a high risk of shear forces that might cause pressure ulcer, therefore as always, it is important to reduce friction under pressure points.
Another important factor in turning patients from supine to prone is the number of care staff needed in order to carry out the turning in a safe way. In times with high demand for respiratory support, and maximum pressure on the staff it can be difficult to have enough staff to perform prone ventilation safely.


MultiGlide SPU (Single Patient Use)
Etac offers several solutions for turning the patients into prone position. Solutions that lead to less touching of the patient, less pushing and pulling in arms and legs, making the whole situation safer and more comfortable for the patient.

We have also solutions where we use our in-Bed systems, such as Immedia SatinSheet System and Immedia 4WayGlide System together with our Molift Air ceiling hoist. See the full playlist with videos >>here<<

We are now also showing how to use our MultiGlide products for turning into prone and supine position. With the MultiGlide we are demonstrating a fully manual method, with no use of a hoist. This method is recommended only when the patient is not a plus-size patient.

See our new short instruction videos showing how to turn a patient to prone and back to supine again with MultiGlide SPU.

Immedia MultiGlide SPU How to: Turn from prone to supine

Immedia MultiGlide SPU How to: Turn from supine to prone