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COVID-19 ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage: Study

Severely ill Covid-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it’s easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. However, a new study shows that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients.

“This is a much higher percentage of patients with nerve damage than we’ve ever seen in any other critically ill population,” said study author Colin Franz from Northwestern University in the US.