Epidemiology, Patterns of Care, and Mortality for Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Intensive Care Units in 50 Countries

Quyen Bach, Mercer University College of Pharmacy


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an acute inflammatory lung injury associated with increased pulmonary vascular permeability, increased lung weight, and loss of aerated lung tissue. [1]

It is stated that there is limited information about the epidemiology, recognition, management, and outcomes of patients with ARDS [2] and that prospective studies have been limited to small numbers of centers and patients. [3] Continue reading