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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of prone positioning on oxygen ratios for ventilated children. A retrospective research design was implemented to study the effect that changing ventilated children from the supine position to the prone position had upon their oxygen ratio two hours after the intervention. Twenty-three ventilated children admitted to an eight bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Southwest Nfichigan between January 1998 and July 1998 and were proned, had their medical records reviewed. Data analysis using a T-test for paired samples was performed to compare oxygen ratios just prior to proning and two hours after the intervention. T-tests for independent samples were used to investigate the influence that age, gender, admitting diagnosis, hours from initial ventilation to proning, and lung status prior to admission had upon the oxygen ratios. No statistical differences were found in any of the variables analyzed that may have influenced the findings when oxygen ratios were compared. A significant difference was found between oxygen ratios prior to proning and two hours after the intervention. The findings of this study indicated that proning ventilated children had a favorable impact upon their oxygenation.


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