Check it Out | Current Topics Program 4 Now Available!

 Published: June 3, 2021

By: Addie Schiefer

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In the fourth program of the 2021 Current Topics in Respiratory Care video series, lecturer Carolyn J. La Vita, MHA, RRT, discusses “Prone Position for Ventilated and Non-Ventilated COVID-19 Patients.”

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Profound sudden hypoxemia has been a hallmark of COVID-19 respiratory failure. Oxygen administration, CPAP and invasive ventilation with PEEP are met with meddlesome success. Prone positioning has been shown to improve outcomes in severe ARDS. The role of prone positioning in COVID-19 has been espoused. Of note, self-proning with HFNC or CPAP has been advocated, attempting to take advantage of the alterations in V/Q associated with COVID-19 which remain incompletely understood. Proning teams have been developed and outcomes are still being reported. The use of ironing before and after intubation will be reviewed.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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