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

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© 2016 Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. 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 there was under-recognition of ARDS in both medical records and death certificattion. Our findings have implications for critical care resource planning.

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Summers, C., Singh, N. R., Worpole, L., Simmonds, R., Babar, J., Condliffe, A. M., … Chilvers, E. R. (2016). Incidence and recognition of acute respiratory distress syndrome in a UK intensive care unit. Thorax, 71(11), 1050–1051. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208402

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