The purpose of awake prone positioning is to improve oxygenation by reducing lung ventilation/perfusion mismatch, promote recruitment of non-aerated dorsal lung regions to optimize ventilations (to prevent intubations).
PI: Jan Powers PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM
Powers, Jan PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM, "Evaluation of prone positioning in non-intubated patients on improvement in oxygenation" (2020). Nursing Active Studies. 22.