Effect of Supine and Prone Flexion Positions onHeart Rate, Oxygen Saturation, and Pain Score ofPreterm Infants

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Erciyes Medical Journal, vol.43, no.1, pp.26-30, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/etd.2020.82195
  • Journal Name: Erciyes Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.26-30
  • Keywords: Neonatal intensive care, prone positioning, flexion positioning
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The study aimed to determine the effect of supine and prone flexion positions on heart rate, oxygen saturation,and pain level of preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Materials and Methods: This study consisted of 46 preterm infants in a university hospital between February and Novem ber 2014. The effects of two different positions on heart rate, oxygen saturation, and pain were assessed by giving bothpositions to each infant for 2 h. Results: Heart rate increased in the prone flexion position, but oxygen saturation was similar in both positions. In addition,pain score decreased on the second hour in prone position. Conclusion: The results showed that infants were influenced more by environmental stimuli in thesupine flexion position.