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Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2008 Nov;133(48):2522-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1100951. Epub 2008 Nov 19.

[Modern artificial respiration concepts in the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Pneumologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover.


In current intensive care medicine mechanical ventilation is of particular importance. In recent years new ventilation concepts have been established. Most notably, the idea of protective ventilation of patients suffering from ARDS had lasting effects in the ventilation management on these patients. In contrast to other ventilation concepts, a significant survival benefit was shown. Alternative treatment options are high-frequency-oscillatory ventilation, extracorporeal assist devices or a combination of both in order to apply an extrem small tidal volume. These alternative treatment options have never been evaluated in randomised controlled trials, so a definite statement for practical application cannot be made.

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