What is ARDS?
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe, life-threatening medical condition characterized by widespread inflammation in the lungs secondary to a primary event, e.g., trauma, infection
- In the absence of any proven effective specific treatment, treatment relies on supportive measures coupled with the management of the primary event
- Fatal in 40-55% of cases
- Orphan condition (300-400,000 patients in Western world)
- 10% of all intensive care admissions
- Kills more people annually than prostate or breast cancer
- Strong pharmacoeconomic benefit with any reduction in mortality and/or duration of intensive care admission