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

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Authors

Singh, Nanak R 
Worpole, Linda 
Simmonds, Rosalind 
Babar, Judith 

Abstract

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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Thorax

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Journal ISSN

0040-6376
1468-3296

Volume Title

71

Publisher

BMJ Group
Sponsorship
Wellcome Trust (101692/Z/13/Z)
Intensive Care Society (unknown)