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Clin Med (Lond). 2016 Dec;16(Suppl 6):s66-s70.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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1
Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK.
2
National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK.
3
William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK m.griffiths@ic.ac.uk.

Abstract

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a common cause of acute respiratory failure that is underdiagnosed both inside and outside of intensive care units. Progression to the most severe forms of the syndrome confers a mortality rate greater than 40% and is associated with often severe functional disability and psychological sequelae in survivors. While there are no disease-modifying pharmacotherapies for the syndrome, this progression may be prevented through the institution of quality improvement measures that minimise iatrogenic injury associated with acute severe illness.

KEYWORDS:

ARDS; Acute respiratory distress syndrome; acute respiratory failure; critical illness; ventilator-associated lung injury

PMID:
27956444
DOI:
10.7861/clinmedicine.16-6-s66
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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