Proning is the process of turning a patient with precise, safe motions, from their back onto their abdomen (stomach), so the individual is lying face down. It is a medically accepted position to improve breathing comfort and oxygenation. It is extremely beneficial in COVID-19 patients with compromised breathing comfort, especially during home isolation.
Here is Dr. Dhruv Dev, a physiotherapist in Delhi, helping patients with chest physiotherapy in COVID-19 recovery explaining how to lay down a patient in the proning position to amplify the inflow of oxygen in the body.
Dr. Dhruv is currently associated with Indian railways wrestling team & Indian tennis circuit.IMPORTANCE OF PRONE LYING:
- Prone positioning improves ventilation, keeps alveolar units open and breathing easy.
- Proning is required only when the patient feels difficulty in breathing and the SpO2 decreases below 94 (less than 94).
- Regular monitoring of SpO2, along with other signs like temperature, blood pressure and blood sugar, is important during home isolation.
- Missing out on hypoxia (compromised Oxygen circulation) may lead to worsening of complications.
- Timely proning and maintaining good ventilation could save many lives.
- Avoid proning for an hour after meals.
- Maintain proning for only as many times as easily tolerable.
- One may be prone for up to 16 hours a day, in multiple cycles, as felt comfortable.
- Pillows may be adjusted slightly to alter pressure areas and for comfort.
- Keep a track of any pressure sores or injuries, especially , around bony prominences.
- Deep venous thrombosis (Treated in less than 48 hours)
- Major cardiac conditions
- Unstable spine, femur, or pelvic fractures
Source - https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/COVID19ProningforSelfcare3.pdf