CHENNAI: As the medical fraternity continue to figure out ways to prevent COVID-19 deaths, ‘Proning’ is one such technique, that has received acknowledgement from both government and private hospitals in Chennai.
What is proning? As the word suggests, it simply means to make a patient lie in the prone position, with chest and belly facing downwards. Doctors believe this position helps in improving the oxygen flow in critical patients, making them less likely to be intubated or require ventilator support.
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said that lately, the government hospitals in the city have been following this. “We have been seeing good results in KMC and RGGGH and it is being done under the supervision of senior allopathy doctors,” he told New Indian Express.