FACE-DOWN IS BEST

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IMAGES have emerged of coro­n­avirus pa­tients in in­ten­sive care in the Cre­mona Hospi­tal in north­ern Italy lay­ing face down. Doc­tors get crit­i­cally-ill pa­tients – ones who are fight­ing acute res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress syn­drome (Ards) – to lie prone.

The life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion is caused when the lungs be­come in­flamed, which makes fluid from blood ves­sels leak into tiny air sacs.

As well as the killer coro­n­avirus, Ards can be caused by pneu­mo­nia, flu, a se­vere chest in­jury or ac­ci­den­tal in­hala­tion of vomit, the Na­tional Health Ser­vice says. Pa­tients need a ven­ti­la­tor be­cause their lungs can’t pro­vide their body’s vi­tal or­gans with enough oxy­gen. Stud­ies have shown ly­ing prone can im­prove the func­tion of the de­vice by re­duc­ing the pres­sure on the lungs

The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Crit­i­cal Care Nurses says the po­si­tion­ing can “re­duce lung trauma and im­prove out­comes”. | Daily Mail

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