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Lifesaving advances can treat or injure lungs

Pruitt, Bill MBA, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000443999.70069.0f

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).

The author has disclosed that he has no financial relationships related to this article.

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