Our Story

Dr. Richard Levitan founded Prone2Help, a non-profit organization, with his brothers Robert and Dan.
Dr. Levitan is an airway specialist who has practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years. His expertise led him to develop an imaging system for teaching intubation, and he is now focused on identifying practical and effective ways to treat COVID-19 patients.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Levitan and his colleagues have noticed something important: for patients who do not need to be intubated, proning — or resting on their stomach — often offers gentler and effective treatment when paired with oxygen delivery. We believe that improving access to proning will help more COVID-19 patients to breathe while reducing the need and demand for ventilators.

Prone2Help makes proning more accessible by providing healthcare workers with free cushions for their COVID-19 patients. Our goal is to help as many patients as possible prone comfortably and breathe more easily.

Our Cushions

To meet the growing demand for proning cushions, we work with two manufacturers: Earthlite and Oakworks Medical.
You can see the Earthlite Prone Comfort Bolster & Headrest here and the Oakworks Medical Proning Cushion here.

Proning and COVID-19

Read more about the promise of proning.

Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them Over

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'Proning' Is a Promising Treatment for Coronavirus—Here's How It Works

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Early Self-Proning in Awake, Non-Intubated Patients in the Emergency Department: A Single ED’s Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Less-invasive breathing therapies could keep 'significant number' of patients off ventilators

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How a free, extremely low-risk ER procedure is saving lives from coronavirus

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Some Doctors Pull Back on Using Ventilators to Treat Covid-19

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Resources for Healthcare Workers

Learn about prone positioning and protocol.

Conscious proning: An introduction of a proning protocol for non‐intubated, awake, hypoxic Emergency Department COVID‐19 patients

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Prone Positioning for Pregnant Women With Hypoxemia Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Proning protocol

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Proning During COVID19

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Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with Covid-19 disease in New York City

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Efficacy and safety of early prone positioning combined with HFNC or NIV in moderate to severe ARDS: a multi-center prospective cohort study

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Covid pneumonia and prone positioning brochure

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Prone2Help and Dr. Levitan in the News

Read more about our organization and founder.

The Hill. May 24th, 2020

"Surviving COVID-19: The most important test may be at your fingertips", by Dr. Richard Levitan.

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GeekWire. May 8th, 2020

"Seattle venture capitalist Dan Levitan teams with his brothers to fight COVID-19 with unique project", by Kurt Schlosser.

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PBS. April 28th, 2020

"Why COVID-19 Patients Should Be Going to Hospitals Sooner", Richard Levitan on PBS and CNN.

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CBS. April 23rd, 2020

ER doctor shares what he learned volunteering at NY hospital during pandemic.

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NY Times. April 20th, 2020

"The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients", by Richard Levitan.

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NY Times. April 14th, 2020

"What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago", by Jim Dwyer.

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