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Prone Ventilation for Adult Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Invasive mechanical ventilation is traditionally delivered with the patient in the supine position. Prone ventilation is ventilation that is delivered with the patient lying in the prone position. Prone ventilation may be used for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) mostly as a strategy to improve oxygenation when more traditional modes of ventilation fail (eg, lung protective ventilation). The physiologic effects of, selection of patients for, and the outcomes associated with prone ventilation are reviewed here -

Why positioning Covid-19 patients on their stomachs can save lives

Dr. Mangala Narasimhan received an urgent call. A man in his 40s with Covid-19 was in a dire situation, and her colleague wanted her to come the intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Hospital to see if he needed to be put on life support. Before I come over there, Narasimhan told the other doctor, try turning the patient over onto his stomach and see if that helps. Narasimhan didn't need to go the ICU. The flip worked. CNN -

Prone Positioning for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Some COVID-19 patients are experiencing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and require mechanical ventilation. While a patient is on a ventilator, Rush staff use a technique called “prone positioning” to improve oxygenation. Rush has developed a four-phase checklist to facilitate the process of placing a patient into the prone position. The process consists of six staff members working together to correctly place a patient into position. YouTube -