Benefits of Awake Prone Position in COVID Patients
Prof Dr Vishal Tandon GMC Jammu
It will be useful in all grades (mild to severe) of COVID patients.
It is approved line of COVID management.
20 minute sessions after a gap of 2 to 3 hours recommended.
It is a well-recognised component of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) critical care management.
It is known to improve oxygenation and reduce oxygen requirements, as well as reduce mortality in patients with moderate to severe ARDS managed in critical care.
It may potentially delay or reduce the need for intensive care.
The proposed mechanism is that the said position relieves the dependent lung regions from the compressive force of the heart’s weight or increasing aeration in the originally dorsal lung regions.
The overall lung ventilation from dorsal to ventral areas is more homogeneous in the prone position than in the supine position.
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