There have been multiple strategies to determine the “optimal PEEP” in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).  One strategy is to perform a recruitment maneuver using an “Open Lung” approach and neuromuscular blockade (with pressures as high as 60 cm H2O),…
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Definitions Presumed source with SIRS criteria = infection Infection with life-threatening organ dysfunction = sepsis Sepsis refractory to intravenous fluid challenge = septic shock Treatment of sepsis or septic shock Draw blood cultures x 2 Analyze any fluid that may…
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Presently, the mortality of patients in the hospital with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is higher than 40%.  A sixteen month long observational study was conducted to determine if certain cutoff points of PaO2/FiO2 (less than or equal to 200…
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Prone positioning has been in existence since 1974; however, the equipment and technique has now been refined and has proven to decrease mortality in severe ARDS.  Prone positioning decreases the amount of alveolar collapse and decreases V/Q mismatching in patients…
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