Effect of PEEP and Targets during Mechanical Ventilation in ARDS

  • A. Koutsoukou
  • C. Roussos
  • J. Milic-Emili


The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized pathologically by alveolar edema, consolidation, atelectasis, hyaline membranes, and, in later stages, fibrosis [1]. These findings vary in severity throughout the involved lungs. The loss of lung units through atelectasis and small airway closure (trapping) has two important physiological consequences: decreased lung compliance (stiff lungs) and small lung volume [2].


Acute Lung Injury Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Respir Crit Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Patient 
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  • C. Roussos
  • J. Milic-Emili

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