Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rely on mechanical ventilation to breathe, however routine suctioning to remove debris that may be blocking their airways can cause lung tissue to collapse. New research published in Critical Care explains how a new technique involving the re-inflation of lungs after suctioning can lead to a marked improvement in the condition of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a devastating inflammatory lung disease that affects around 150,000 people each year in the US alone. The syndrome is characterized by fluid accumulation and swelling in the lungs, followed by respiratory failure that can often be fatal.
An ARDS patient relies on mechanical ventilation to breathe, but if their airway becomes fully or even partially blocked it can lead to several serious physiological abnormalities and even death. Unfortunately, the use of suctioning to remove obstruction can lead to the collapse of lung tissues making it more difficult for a patient to get oxygen into their bodies.
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