Mechanical ventilator support and prone positioning in COVID-19 related pneumonia

Mechanical ventilator support in COVID-19


  • Rungsun Bhurayanontachai Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University


COVID-19, CARDS, Prone positioning, Mechanical ventilator


COVID-19 is currently a global pandemic that cause high morbidity and mortality, particularly in the critical cases. The common presentation is among the common respiratory symptoms and could be deteriorated to multiple organ failure. From the previous epidemiologic study, approximate 15% of cases developed pneumonia and 5% required intensive care admission. The optimal respiratory care including oxygen support are the key for hypoxic respiratory failure from severe COVID-19. Several devices have been practically suggested for respiratory symptoms included high flow nasal cannula (HFNC), non-invasive positive pressure ventilator (NIV) via either common facial mask or helmet. However, some patients did not improve with those devices, that become more respiratory distress and eventually required intubation and mechanical ventilator support. In this brief review, the author will pay attention on the mechanical ventilator support and prone positioning for COVID-19 pneumonia.


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Bhurayanontachai R. Mechanical ventilator support and prone positioning in COVID-19 related pneumonia: Mechanical ventilator support in COVID-19. Clin Crit Care [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 16 [cited 2024 Jun. 16];29:2021:e0004. Available from:



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