Turn for the better: corona tummy tactic may be a big life saver

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Turn for the better: corona tummy tactic may be a big life saver

This is how an age-old technique of treating patients lying face down could save Covid-19 victims

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As SA prepares for the rising tide of Covid-19 infections – scrambling to address critical ventilator shortages and ICU bed space – a simple medical technique of treating the sick lying face down may save lives.

The practice, called proning, would see doctors and nurses flipping the script, treating patients on their stomachs to allow for better ventilation.

Proning has been used in intensive care units for nearly 50 years, and in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic it has been used to treat gravely ill patients in China, Canada, the US and UK...

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