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New ventilation system can reduce deaths from acute respiratory distress syndrome

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:952
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Patients who are critically ill with the serious lung condition known as acute respiratory distress syndrome sometimes die because organs other than their lungs begin to fail. The condition is then called multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome, which can result from pneumonia, trauma, sepsis, or other factors that cause injury to the lungs, typically triggers widespread inflammation and the build up of fluid in the lungs. About a third of patients who develop the condition die, but more than 60% of patients who go on to develop multiple organ dysfunction syndrome die.

    In the past few years doctors have found that …

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