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J Laryngol Otol ; 134(8): 735-738, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-678491


BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 is an international pandemic. One of the cardinal features is acute respiratory distress syndrome, and proning has been identified as beneficial for a subset of patients. However, proning is associated with pressure-related side effects, including injury to the nose and face. METHOD: This paper describes a pressure-relieving technique using surgical scrub sponges. This technique was derived based on previous methods used in patients following rhinectomy. CONCLUSION: The increased use of prone ventilation has resulted in a number of referrals to the ENT team with concerns regarding nasal pressure damage. The described technique, which is straightforward and uses readily available materials, has proven effective in relieving pressure in a small number of patients.

Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Pressure/adverse effects , Prone Position/physiology , Respiration, Artificial/methods , Surgical Sponges/standards , Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Equipment Design/methods , Facial Injuries/prevention & control , Humans , Nose/injuries , Nose/surgery , Patient Positioning/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2