Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS): current management, future directions
HERBERT P. WIEDEMANN, MD
Dr. Wiedemann is chairman of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is actively engaged in ARDS research, including as principal investigator at the Cleveland Clinic for the National Institutes of Health ARDS Treatment Network and as lead investigator for upcoming trials of liquid ventilation in ARDS.
DESMON Y. TAI, MD
Dr. Tai is registrar of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore
The adult respiratory distress syndrome, marked by severe, refractory hypoxemia, noncardiogenic pulmonary edema, and stiff, noncompliant lungs, demands quick recognition and intensive care. This article reviews the disease process and current and experimental treatments for it.