Ventilator settings and gas exchange in respiratory distress syndrome

  • Burkhard Lachmann
  • Eberhard Danzmann
  • Barbara Haendly
  • Björn Jonson
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 1)


Despite great advances in the treatment of acute respiratory failure, many patients do not respond to accepted methods of resuscitation. The great majority of these critically ill patients fall into the category of adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The name of this syndrome was given by Ashbaugh et al. [1], who based it upon the severe respiratory distress in illness closely resembling the infant RDS (IRDS). Although the pathogenesis varies highly, it is useful to group various categories of patients together if they meet the clinical, physiological and pathological conditions of the RDS, and respond in a similar manner to a given type of treatment [2]. Infant respiratory distress syndrome is closely related to immaturity [73], whereas ARDS develops in conjunction with severe diseases such as trauma, fat embolism, aspiration pneumonitis or virus pneumonitis, acute renal failure or gas intoxication [79].


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  • Burkhard Lachmann
  • Eberhard Danzmann
  • Barbara Haendly
  • Björn Jonson

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