Prone positioning cuts need for intubation in COVID-19

There is now evidence to support the widely-adopted practice, researchers say

Prone positioning can reduce the need for intubation in people with COVID-19 who have acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure requiring high-flow nasal cannula oxygen, according to clinical trial results.

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Doctors worldwide have been asking their patients with COVID-19 to lie on their stomachs to improve breathing and blood oxygen levels, but the practice has been based on scant evidence.

The study, which the researchers describe as a “meta-trial”, used data from six concurrent trials carried out at