Feasibility and Limitations of Proning Protocol for Nonintubated Patients With COVID-19

Citation:

Benjamin Shoults, Mary Barber, Lucia Millham, Maaz Mulla, Natasha Nanji, Grant Steele, Tyler Peck, Patrick Smithedajkul, Christopher Worsham, Paul Currier, and Rebecca A Raphaely. 2021. “Feasibility and Limitations of Proning Protocol for Nonintubated Patients With COVID-19.” Journal of Patient Experience, 8, Pp. 2374373520981486.

Abstract:

Proning awake patients with COVID-19 is associated with lower mortality and intubation rates. However, these studies also demonstrate low participation rates and tolerance of awake proning. In this study, we attempt to understand barriers to proning. Medical and dental students surveyed nonintubated patients to understand factors affecting adherence to a proning protocol. Only patients who discussed proning with their medical team attempted the practice. Eight of nine patients who were informed about benefits of proning attempted the maneuver. Discomfort was the primary reason patients stopped proning. Addressing discomfort and implementing systematic patient education may increase adherence to proning.