FACE-DOWN IS BEST
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