Prone position

A technique doctors use by positioning a patient on their stomach to improve oxygenation of the lungs.

Physical position affects the distribution and volume of air in the lungs and can have direct effects on the expansion or collapse of the delicate alveoli that allow the exchange of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood.

Prone positioning has been used increasingly in the treatment of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and this manoeuvre is now considered a simple and safe method to improve oxygenation.

This position is advised for patients (e.g. those with COVID-19) who need extra respiratory support.


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