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[Acute respiratory distress syndrome : Basic principles and treatment]

P M Spieth, A Güldner, M Gama de Abreu
Der Anaesthesist 2017, 66 (7): 539-552
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Even after many years of intensive research acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is still associated with a high mortality. Epidemiologically, ARDS represents a central challenge for modern intensive care treatment. The multifactorial etiology of ARDS complicates the clear identification and evaluation of new therapeutic interventions. Lung protective mechanical ventilation and adjuvant therapies, such as the prone position and targeted extracorporeal lung support are of particular importance in the treatment of ARDS, depending on the severity of the disease. In order to guarantee an individualized and needs-adapted treatment, ARDS patients benefit from treatment in specialized centers.

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