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.
Read more about the promise of proning.
Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them OverRead more
'Proning' Is a Promising Treatment for Coronavirus—Here's How It WorksRead more
Early Self-Proning in Awake, Non-Intubated Patients in the Emergency Department: A Single ED’s Experience during the COVID-19 PandemicRead more
Less-invasive breathing therapies could keep 'significant number' of patients off ventilatorsRead more
How a free, extremely low-risk ER procedure is saving lives from coronavirusRead more
Some Doctors Pull Back on Using Ventilators to Treat Covid-19Read more
Learn about prone positioning and protocol.
Conscious proning: An introduction of a proning protocol for non‐intubated, awake, hypoxic Emergency Department COVID‐19 patientsRead more
Prone Positioning for Pregnant Women With Hypoxemia Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Read more
Proning protocolRead more
Proning During COVID19Read more
Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with Covid-19 disease in New York CityRead more
Efficacy and safety of early prone positioning combined with HFNC or NIV in moderate to severe ARDS: a multi-center prospective cohort studyRead more
Covid pneumonia and prone positioning brochureRead more
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.
GeekWire. May 8th, 2020
"Seattle venture capitalist Dan Levitan teams with his brothers to fight COVID-19 with unique project", by Kurt Schlosser.Read article
PBS. April 28th, 2020
"Why COVID-19 Patients Should Be Going to Hospitals Sooner", Richard Levitan on PBS and CNN.Watch video
CBS. April 23rd, 2020
ER doctor shares what he learned volunteering at NY hospital during pandemic.Watch video
NY Times. April 20th, 2020
"The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients", by Richard Levitan.Read article
NY Times. April 14th, 2020
"What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago", by Jim Dwyer.Read article