Proning in a ventilated patient

In patients with COVID-19 who go on to develop hypoxic respiratory failure, one of the strategies to improve the oxygen saturations is repositioning the patient into the prone position, in both ventilated and awake patients. The benefits of proning include reduced atelectasis at the posterior segments of the lung, and improved V/Q mismatch.

The COVID-19 proning checklist (found below) provides a simple, step-by-step guide for repositioning a ventilated patient into the prone position.

Proning in the awake patient

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ICU Proning Checklist

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