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Proning Nonintubated COVID-19 Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Patricia Kritek, MD   Many patients showed improvement with noninvasive ventilation and prone positioning.   Prone positioning is used to treat mechanically ventilated patients with moderate-to-severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Numerous studies have demonstrated improved oxygenation in the prone position, and mortality benefit was shown in a large randomized, controlled trial (NEJM... Read more..

Self-Proning in COVID-19

Lauren M. Westafer,┬áDO, MPH, MS   In this observational study, oxygen saturations in patients with COVID-19 increased after self-proning for 5 minutes.   Patients with severe COVID-19 often present with profound hypoxemia. Initial recommendations for their management included early intubation, but this was not predicated on evidence. Recently, many hospitals have initiated awake or... Read more..