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How to Do Self-Proning to Increase Oxygen Levels

All COVID-19 patients are required to keep a check on their oxygen saturation frequently.

Oxygen saturation goes below 94% you should try ‘Self-Proning’ advise medical experts which improve oxygen levels.

Meaning of Self-Proning is to lying on your belly.

How to Do Self-Proning to Increase Oxygen Levels

Before starting it you need pillows :

  • One should be below the neck,
  • One or two below the chest through the upper thighs and
  • Two pillows below the shins.

NOTE : It is recommended that you should not spend more than 30 minutes in each position.

Follow These Steps :

  • Start with lying on your belly
  • Then Lying on your right side
  • Now Sitting up with your legs extended in front of you
  • Then Lying on the left side
  • Now Go back to lying on your belly

Dos and Don’ts for Proning.

  • You should Avoid proning for an hour after meals
  • Remember Maintain proning for only as many times as easily tolerable
  • One may prone for up to 16 hours a day, in multiple cycles, as you feel comfortable
  • Pillows may be adjusted slightly to alter pressure areas and for comfort
  • Keep a track of any pressure sores or injuries, especially around bony prominences

Who should avoid Proning?

Proning should be avoided in conditions :
  • Pregnancy
  • Deep venous thrombosis (treated in less than 48 hours)
  • Major cardiac conditions
  • Unstable spine, femur, or pelvic fractures
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Health Ministry also shared a step-by-step guide for Proning :


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