In this multi-center trial of 342 adults intubated with ARDS who were randomized to supine or prone positioning, there was no difference in mortality (28 day, 6 month, or ICU discharge) between the groups. The prone group also had higher rates of complications related to prone positioning. This RCT does not support prone positioning for intubated patients with ARDS (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.