Incidence and recognition of acute respiratory distress syndrome in a UK intensive care unit

Charlotte Summers, Nanak R Singh, Linda Worpole, Rosalind Simmonds, Judith Babar, Alison M Condliffe, Kevin E Gunning, Andrew J Johnston & Edwin Chilvers
The reported incidence of ARDS is highly variable (2.5%–19% of intensive care unit (ICU) patients) and varies depending on study patient population used. We undertook a 6-month, prospective study to determine the incidence and outcome of ARDS in a UK adult University Hospital ICU. 344 patients were admitted during the study period, of these 43 (12.5%) were determined to have ARDS. Patients with ARDS had increased mortality at 28 days and 2 years post-diagnosis, and...
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