Adult respiratory distress syndrome. Strategies to provide support and enhance oxygen delivery.

Morris P, Bernard GR
Postgrad Med. 1991 90 (8): 163-6, 169-70, 172

PMID: 1749731 · DOI:10.1080/00325481.1991.11701147

Respiratory failure itself is rarely the cause of death in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The multiple-organ failure that often accompanies the syndrome or the underlying disease or trauma that leads to ARDS is more frequently the cause. Thus, care of these patients consists of providing life-sustaining support until they respond to therapy. The authors explain what happens in respiratory failure and how gas exchange can be enhanced in these critically ill patients.

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Humans Positive-Pressure Respiration Pulmonary Gas Exchange Respiration, Artificial Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio

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