Mechanical Ventilation in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
The management of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patient is fundamental to the field of intensive care medicine, and it presents unique challenges owing to the specialized mechanical ventilation techniques that such patients require. ARDS is a highly lethal disease, and there is compelling evidence that mechanical ventilation itself, if applied in an injurious fashion, can be a contributor to ARDS mortality. Therefore, it is imperative for any clinician central to the care of ARDS patients to understand the fundamental framework that underpins the approach to mechanical ventilation in this special scenario. The current review summarizes the major components of the mechanical ventilation strategy as it applies to ARDS.
Epelbaum, O., & Aronow, W. S. (2017). Mechanical Ventilation in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Hospital Practice, 45 (3), 88-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/21548331.2017.1331687
Originally published in Hospital Practice, 45 (3), 88-98. The original material can be found here.