Ventilation in the prone position: For some but not for all?

Gattinoni, Luciano; Protti, Alessandro
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1174
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which claims that prone ventilation is not recommended in the routine management of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome. However, the authors state that prone ventilation can be used as a rescue maneuver in cases of severe hypoxemia. They added that experimental evidence suggests that prone ventilation can prevent or attenuate ventilator-induced lung injury. They emphasized that the possible survival benefit of prone ventilation in sub-groups of patients with acute lung injury or acute respiratory syndrome remains to be determined.


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