TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A pulmonologist at the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) academic hospital, Dr. Astari Parnindya Sari, explained that the proning technique can be used as a first aid to treat people suffering from shortness of breath, including people suffering from Covid-19.
“The proning position can help increase oxygen saturation. However, we must pay attention to a patient’s minimum oxygen level range,” said the pulmonologist, as reported by Antaranews.
She explains that proning or prone positioning is recommended due to its ability to maximize a person’s lung function, mainly in the back part of a lung. However, if the oxygen saturation target range is still too far from the minimum, a patient will still need additional oxygen supply.
The prone position is a body position in which the person lies flat with the chest down and the back up. “This position enables the back area of the lung to open broader than the front part which eases the inspiration of oxygen and increases saturation,” said the pulmonologist.
In general, she explains, there are three prone positionings that can be done, but the most common one is by lying face down while placing a pillow to support the neck area, pelvis, and feet.
It is important to note that proning or prone positioning is not recommended for pregnant women, patients with venous thrombosis, patients with heart disease, and hip fracture.