Monday, January 16, 2012

Ventilation Positions Comparable in Lung Syndrome Patients

(HealthDay News) -- Lying face down instead of face up while receiving mechanical ventilation doesn't lower the risk of death for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), according to Italian researchers.

Prone, or face-down, positioning is recommended for patients with ARDS, a serious and often fatal lung condition that may be associated with severe hypoxemia (abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood, resulting in shortness of breath), according to background information in the study.

"Moreover, prone positioning has been advocated as a rescue maneuver for severe hypoxemia, owing to its positive effects on oxygenation, which have been repeatedly documented since its first description in 1976. However, no randomized clinical trial has yet demonstrated a significant reduction in mortality rate associated with prone positioning," wrote Dr. Paolo Taccone and colleagues. Read more...

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