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Effects of prone position ventilation in ARDS. An evidence-based review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11910731     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In summary, the many studies done on PPV show that the technique improves oxygenation most of the time. The mechanisms behind this effect are probably numerous and have yet to be elucidated completely. In addition, PPV is a safe procedure that rarely worsens a patient's respiratory status or causes other complications and is thus a welcome additional therapeutic option when treating patients with ARDS. Despite the recent large, randomized, controlled trial showing no improvement in mortality rate or organ dysfunction overall, there is evidence suggesting that PPV may be of most benefit in more severely ill patients. Further studies will be useful.
Nicholas S Ward
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care clinics     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0749-0704     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Clin     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-25     Completed Date:  2002-09-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507720     Medline TA:  Crit Care Clin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Prone Position*
Respiration, Artificial / methods*
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / therapy*

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