Prone position in anaesthesia and intensive care

L. Brazzi, I. Ravagnan, P. Pelosi, L. Gattinoni

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The prone position has been introduced in healthy anaesthetised subjects to expose the surgical area and also during acute respiratory failure (ARF) to improve the drainage of secretions. Literature reports are now appearing on the effects of the prone position either on gas exchange or on respiratory mechanics. In this paper the authors discuss the data obtained when normal subjects or ARF patients are turned from supine to prone, and present the 'state of the art' concerning the use of the prone position either in anaesthesia or in intensive care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCare of the Critically Ill
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999



  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Chest wall compliance
  • Gas exchange
  • Respiratory system mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Brazzi, L., Ravagnan, I., Pelosi, P., & Gattinoni, L. (1999). Prone position in anaesthesia and intensive care. Care of the Critically Ill, 15(1).