Use of Prone Positioning in Nonintubated Patients With COVID-19 and Hypoxemic Acute Respiratory Failure

Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are at risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome.1 In intubated patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, early and prolonged (at least 12 hours daily) prone positioning (PP) improves oxygenation and decreases
mortality.2,3 Because intensive care units (ICUs) are overloaded with patients with COVID-19, awake PP may be useful to improve oxygenation and prevent ICU transfers.4

Use of Prone Positioning in Nonintubated Patients With COVID-19 and Hypoxemic Acute Respiratory Failure
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