ARDS is the pulmonary manifestation of both direct and indirect insults to the lung. Trauma patients are at particular risk for ARDS from the direct effects of their injuries, as well as from complications that may occur during their hospital courses. ARDS prevention can be enhanced through diverse areas of medical focus. Public health issues addressing trauma prevention, improved understanding and treatment of trauma-related pathophysiology, as well as a better understanding of basic pathophysiology of this disease process will allow refinement and improvement of our management practices. Newer modes of mechanical ventilation may help us to avoid ventilator-induced exacerbation of lung injury. As we define the role of nonconventional therapies, such as antiinflammatory and anticytokine therapies, our ability to actively interrupt and reverse the progression of the inflammatory cascade will be enhanced. As yet, ARDS continues to be a challenging disease process to both fully understand and successfully treat in our critically ill patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Chest Surgery Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jun 3 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine