Thursday, April 16, 2020

‘We’re Saving Lives’: Doctors Say Positioning COVID-19 Patients On Their Stomachs Has Resulted In ‘Remarkable Improvement’

Via Billy

Nurse Carla Stuermer (3rd L) coaches medical staff how to reposition Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of the community hospital in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

New York doctors are seeing marked improvements in COVID-19 patients by utilizing one simple technique: flipping them on their stomachs.

Doctors treating coronavirus patients have begun laying them on their stomachs to help them breathe, a technique known as prone positioning, according to CNN. The practice is particularly effective on patients with COVID-19, caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory system, by increasing the amount of oxygen in their blood by more than 10%.