Adult respiratory distress syndrome: definition and historical perspective.

@article{Petty1982AdultRD,
  title={Adult respiratory distress syndrome: definition and historical perspective.},
  author={Thomas L. Petty},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  year={1982},
  volume={3 1},
  pages={3-7}
}
The adult respiratory distress syndrome is a reaction of the lung to a variety of severe direct or indirect pulmonary insults. It is characterized by acute respiratory distress, severe hypoxemia requiring high oxygen fractions, and "stiff lungs" requiring approaches to ventilatory management cited elsewhere in this issue of Clinics in Chest Medicine. Increased shunt fraction and dead space ventilation and airless lungs with debris and hyaline membranes are hallmarks of the syndrome, even though… CONTINUE READING