[Acute posttraumatic lung failure. Its treatment through pressure-limited respiration and continuous postural change].


Nine patients (4 women and 5 men; mean age 31 [20-48] years) with severe posttraumatic adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) were treated with continuous postural change (kinetic bed) and pressure-limited ventilation. Seven patients survived; only one patient died as a result of pulmonary insufficiency. As compliance was markedly reduced (less than 20… (More)