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Proning, or flipping patients onto their stomachs to help them breathe, has been around for a while, but the tactic has become more common during the coronavirus pandemic.
Positioning coronavirus patients on their stomachs improves breathing because it helps open up airways in the lungs that are filled with fluids.
It also helps to put less pressure on the lungs themselves, making it easier for oxygen to travel in. 
Though the concept of getting a person from their back onto their stomach is simple enough, it’s difficult to safely flip a critically ill patient.
Some hospitals have begun to prone coronavirus patients regularly in the past few months and others have developed ad hoc “proning teams” whose sole duty is to flip patients back and forth all day.
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Some hospitals in the US have established new teams in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that have been tasked with one very specific duty: flipping patients onto their stomachs (and then back again).

The method, called “proning,” has helped save lives during this pandemic, according to healthcare workers on the frontlines. The specialized teams that perform the task help keep some of the burden off nurses, who would otherwise have to coordinate times to come together to flip a single patient.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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