The public health burden of acute lung injury

Camporota, L.
January 2006
Thorax;Jan2006, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p56
Academic Journal
The article presents the results of a prospective, population based, cohort study conducted in 21 hospitals in and around King County, Washington. The aim was to determine the incidence and mortality associated with acute lung injury (ALI/ARDS). Under the study, 4251 adults requiring mechanical ventilation for more than 24 hours were screened. Out of 1687 patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure, 1113 had ALI, 828 of whom had ARDS. The study found that the calculated incidence of ALI/ARDS was 2-40 times higher than previously reported with an estimated 190,600 new cases of ALI every year.


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