The Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire has introduced a new system that it believes is aiding Covid patients in breathing and sleeping better.
The hospital has worked with Manchester-based Posture Care on the four-cushion system.
Posture Care works with patients suffering from debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and catastrophic brain injuries.
It has developed the unique ‘Proning System’ which can help improve oxygen levels in patients that have contracted the virus.
Each kit is made up of four specially shaped cushions and is designed to support patients in a side-lying or prone – front-down – position.
All cushions use a special pressure-relieving polyurethane foam created by Posture Care’s sister company, Levitex.
Shondipon Laha, consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was instrumental in the implementation of the proning system.
He said: “We approached Dr Ambreen Chohan and the MedTech Solutions Group at UCLan to help us find a company that could create a solution and that’s when we were introduced to the team at Posture Care.
“With the support of one of our physiotherapists, Simon Brady, a prototype Prone System was developed and informal feedback from initial testing on critical care patients showed that it helped significantly.
“We’ve seen clear evidence of success in using proning – a technique that is more commonly used for patients with pneumonia and on ventilators – in the fight against COVID.”
Usually lying on one’s front can be uncomfortable for patients for a number of reasons, but the hospital and Posture Care believe they have found a solution.