Respiratory Parameters in PatientsWith COVID-19 After Using Noninvasive Ventilation in the Prone Position Outside the Intensive Care Unit

The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with a large number of patients requiring respiratory support, threatens to overload intensive care units (ICUs). Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) use in general wards may be an alternative for some patients but has seldom been described and is not used worldwide.1 One study described the feasibility of NIV in the prone position2; pronation can recruit dorsal lung regions and drain airway secretions, improving gas exchange and survival in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).3 We report respiratory parameters after using this intervention in a case series of patients with COVID-19.

Respiratory Parameters in Patients With COVID-19 After Using Noninvasive Ventilation in the Prone Position Outside the Intensive Care Unit
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