When treating an illness with equipment, like mechanical ventilation, a medical team can accidentally cause a ventilator-induced lung injury. If that injury is severe enough it becomes acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS.
Bill Pruitt is a senior instructor and director of clinical education in the department of Cardiorespiratory Sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences, at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.
Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) can progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
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