Coronavirus: How letting patients in intensive care lie FACE DOWN boosts their chances of surviving
How letting patients in intensive care lie FACE DOWN boosts their chances of surviving [LINK]
Lying intensive care patients with coronavirus face down on their beds could make them more likely to survive, doctors say.
Prone positioning, in which patients who struggle to breathe are laid on their front instead of their back in a hospital bed, works by reducing pressure on the lungs.
Doctors in the UK, US, Italy and Portugal are all known to be using the technique to try and boost the survival odds of patients on life-support ventilators.
A study published in 2013 by doctors in France and Spain who were treating a different type of lung infection said patients’ survival was ‘significantly higher’ if they were laid face down.