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