Article Abstract

Acute respiratory distress syndrome and mechanical ventilation: ups and downs of an ongoing relationship trap

Authors: Christoph Haberthür, Manfred D. Seeberger

Abstract

During the early 20th century, patients suffering from acute severe pulmonary diseases died because medicine lacked the possibility to sufficiently treat lung failure (i.e., to assure ventilation with adequate oxygenation and exhalation of carbon dioxide) until lung healing occurred.